Claim a tax refund when you've taken a small pension lump sum
Claim back tax that HMRC owes you on a small pension lump sum you've had using the online P53 or P53Z forms.
To claim a tax refund on a small pension lump sum you’ve had you can:
- use the online service
- fill in a form on-screen, print and post it to HMRC
- print off and fill in a form by hand
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.
From 16 September 2016 individuals in receipt of serious ill health lump sums should use form P53Z to reclaim, in year, any overpaid tax on these lump sums.
If you’re reclaiming tax because you’ve flexibly accessed your pension pot use P53Z. This only applies if you’ve emptied your pension pot.
If you’ve only used part of your pension pot, or if you’re not working or receiving benefits, you’ll need to use form P55 or form P50Z.
Use form P53 to claim back any tax we owe you on a small pension lump sum where you’ve had either a:
- trivial commutation of a pension fund (from April 2015 this only applies to small Defined Benefit schemes such as Final Salary or Career Average)
- small pension taken as a lump sum
Do not use form P53 if you have a Pension Flexibility payment and would like to claim a refund of overpaid tax.
So that we can make sure we repay the right amount of tax to you, please fill in form P53 with details of any other income that you expect to get during the tax year. If you do not know the final figures, enter the most accurate estimates you can. Please use whole numbers, rounded down to the nearest pound. We’ll make checks at the end of the tax year and contact you if the amount is different. We recommend that you keep this paperwork until these checks are done.
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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.
Claim for repayment of tax when you have stopped working: flexibly accessed pension (P50Z)
Use form P50Z if you do not receive employment income, Job Seeker’s Allowance, taxable Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Carer’s Allowance.
Last updated 6 April 2022 + show all updates
The P53 and P53Z claim by post and the P53Z print fill in and post forms have been updated for the new tax year 2022 to 2023.
The print and post form P53Z has been updated for the new tax year 2021 to 2022.
The print and post iForm P53Z, has been updated for the new tax year 2020 to 2021.
The forms P53 and P53Z to claim a tax refund on a small pension lump sum, have been updated for the new tax year 2019 to 2020.
Links to both p53 and p53z forms updated.
The forms P53 and P53z have been updated to show Universal Credit has been replaced by Carer's Allowance.
Rates, dates, allowances and duties have been updated for the tax year 2018 to 2019.
The print and post versions of P53 and P53Z have been updated to remove the section on bank or building society details and make minor style changes. The Welsh versions have been similarly updated.
Welsh forms have been updated to reflect the 2017 to 2018 tax year
Forms updated to reflect tax year changes
P53Z (Claim by Post and Print then fill in and post version) has been updated.
P53Z (Claim by Post and Print then fill in and post version) has been updated to reflect new tax year changes.
New Welsh print and post interactive form available for form P53
An online service is now available.
New print and complete form added.
Form P53Z added to reclaim tax paid on a flexible pension payment.