1. Overview

If you’ve paid too much tax, how you get a refund depends on your circumstances.

When you get a refund automatically

Sometimes HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will send you a refund automatically when you’ve paid too much tax.

If you’ve started a new job and overpaid tax, HMRC will usually ask your employer to pay it back to you.

If you’ve paid too much tax on a pension, your pension provider may pay back the tax to you.

When you can claim a refund

If you don’t get a refund automatically, you may be able to claim if you:

You may also be able to reclaim tax: