2. You're employed

You may be able to claim a refund if too much tax was taken from your pay.

How to claim depends which tax year you paid too much. The tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April the following year.

You can make claims back to the 2012 to 2013 tax year.

2016 to 2017 tax year

Check if your tax code is wrong. You might need to tell HMRC if you find out it’s wrong.

If HMRC have corrected your tax code and you’re due a refund, your employer will give you a refund in your pay.

2015 to 2016 tax year

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will post you a P800 tax calculation if they know you’ve paid too much tax, usually by the end of September.

HMRC currently don’t send notifications of tax rebates by email. You can report suspicious emails to them.

How to claim

If your P800 says that you can get your refund online, claim it that way.

If your P800 says HMRC will send you a cheque you’ll receive it within 14 days. If you’re owed tax from more than one year you’ll get a single cheque for the entire amount.

2014 to 2015 and earlier tax years

Work out if you’ve paid the right amount of tax after the end of the tax year.

Claim online

You may be able to claim online. You’ll need:

You can’t claim online for someone else.

Other ways to claim

Call or write to HMRC and explain why you think you’ve overpaid.

You’ll need:

  • your National Insurance number
  • details of the jobs you had or State benefits you were getting at the time
  • your P45, if you have one

What happens next

HMRC will do one of the following:

  • contact you for more information
  • give you a refund either by cheque (also known as a ‘payable order’) or directly to your bank account
  • send your refund to your nominee by cheque or directly to their bank account (if you’ve nominated someone else to get the money)
  • tell you that you’re not due a refund, and why

HMRC will only pay refunds into UK bank accounts.

If you don’t have a bank account you can nominate someone else to receive the money or cheque.