Claim Income Tax back when you've stopped work

You can claim an Income Tax refund when you've stopped work using the online service or postal form P50.


Claim online (sign in using Government Gateway)

Claim by post (use this version if you’re an agent or if you can’t use the online form)


This form is only for customers living in the UK. If you’ve left the UK and you’re no longer working in the UK, to claim a refund you should use the form P85.

Claim a tax refund if you’re not going to work for at least 4 weeks (for example, you’re retired, looking for a job, or returning to study) and you’re not claiming any of these benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • taxable Incapacity Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance

You can either:

  • use the online service
  • fill in form on-screen, print and post to HMRC

To use the online service, you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID you can create one when you use the service.

If you’re reclaiming tax because you’ve flexibly accessed your pension, use form P50Z.

Send the completed postal forms to:

Pay As You Earn

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Related forms and guidance

Flexibly accessed pension payment: repayment claim (P55)
Use form P55 to reclaim an overpayment of tax when you have flexibly accessed your pension pot, but not emptied it.

Flexibly accessed pension lump sum: repayment claim (P53Z)
Use form P53Z to reclaim an overpayment of tax when you have emptied you pension pot, but are working or receiving benefits.

Claiming a tax refund when you stop work
Guidance on how to claim if you are entitled to a refund if you stop working, retire or return to studying.

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 27 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link to form p50 has been updated.
  2. Clarification has been added to explain the form is to be used by people working within the UK.
  3. An online service is now available.
  4. New print and complete form added.
  5. Welsh version of form P50Z added to this page.
  6. Form P50Z added to claim refund on flexible access pension payment.
  7. Added translation
  8. First published.