How to claim a personal tax refund
HMRC’s annual reconciliation of PAYE for the tax year 2018-19 is well under way. HMRC use salary and pension information to calculate if you have paid the correct amount of tax. The calculation is usually generated automatically by HMRC’s computer systems on what is known as a P800 form. If you are due a tax refund for 2018-19, you should receive a P800 by the end of September. If you owe additional tax you will usually receive the form by the end of October following the tax year in question.
If you are due a refund, the P800 form will usually tell you that you can claim a refund online. Once you complete the claim online, the refund will be paid within 5 working days and will be in your UK account once your bank has processed the payment. If you do not claim the refund online within 45 days, HMRC will send you payment by cheque.
If your P800 tells you that you will be repaid by cheque, then you do not need to take any further action and you should receive a cheque within 14 days of the date on the P800 Tax Calculation.
If you have not received a P800 form but think that you have overpaid tax, then you can contact HMRC to inform them. If HMRC agree that you are due a tax refund, they will send you a P800 form.
You may be able to claim a refund if you:
- are employed and had too much tax taken from your pay;
- have stopped work;
- sent a tax return and paid too much tax;
- have paid too much tax on pension payments;
- bought a life annuity.
We would be happy to assist you in making a tax refund claim.