Income Tax: claiming tax back when you have stopped working (P50)

Use the online service or postal form to claim an Income Tax refund when you've stopped working.


Apply online (sign in with Government Gateway)

Apply 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 have left the UK and are no longer working within the UK, to claim a refund you should use the form P85.

To 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 the following benefits:

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

you can either:

  • use the online service (sign-in or set up a Government Gateway account)
  • fill in form on-screen, print and post to HM Revenue and Customs

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
HM Revenue and Customs

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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 5 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Clarification has been added to explain the form is to be used by people working within the UK.
  2. An online service is now available.
  3. New print and complete form added.
  4. Welsh version of form P50Z added to this page.
  5. Form P50Z added to claim refund on flexible access pension payment.
  6. Added translation
  7. First published.