1. Overview

You put an employee’s tax code into your payroll software to work out how much tax to deduct from their pay throughout the year.

There’s a separate guide on tax codes if you’re an employee.

What you need to do

When you take on a new employee, you normally work out their tax code by using their P45. The code will usually be made up of several numbers and a letter, such as 1100L.

You usually need to update your employee’s tax code at the start of a new tax year. If the tax code changes during the year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will email you - you should update your payroll records as soon as possible.

Tax code 1100L

The most common tax code for tax year 2016 to 2017 is 1100L. It’s used for most people with one job and no untaxed income, unpaid tax or taxable benefits (eg company car).

1100L is an emergency tax code only if followed by ‘W1’, ‘M1’ or ‘X’. Emergency codes can be used if a new employee doesn’t have a P45.