Find out how to request access to personal data that HMRC holds about you, or someone who has died.
You have the right to request access to your personal information, known as a subject access request (SAR).
This allows you to get a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it. In the case of requests for the Valuation Office Agency you should follow their guidance.
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information. However, we’re allowed under the law, to charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is unfounded or excessive. We can also refuse to meet the request in these circumstances.
We’ll action the request without delay and at the latest within one month of receipt. We can extend the time to respond by a further 2 months if the request is complex or we have had many requests from the same person.
Make a SAR to HMRC
- your tax credits, Tax Free Childcare, 30 hours free childcare, Income Tax, Child Benefit, VAT, customs and other records
- information about your National Insurance records from the tax year 1975 to 1976 onwards
The SAR includes:
- personal details
- employers names
- tax payments
- details of benefits claimed
- National Insurance payments
If you apply through a solicitor or tax agent, you’ll need to complete the HMRC consent form, which authorises HMRC to release information to them direct. They’ll include your consent with your application.
Apply in writing
Include the years you need the information for and the reason for the request.
You’ll also need to confirm your identity by sending HMRC your:
- full name
- National Insurance number
- date of birth
- address history for the last 5 years
- original signature (not needed for online and email requests)
Income Tax and National Insurance SARs should be sent to:
HM Revenue and Customs
National Insurance Contributions Office
Send tax credits, Child Benefit, VAT, customs and other records SARs to the ‘Data Protection Officer’ at the HMRC office you’ve been dealing with.
Read more about your rights in connection with personal information in our Privacy Notice.
Request information about someone who has died
You can apply to get the information of someone who’s died to settle National Insurance or Income Tax if you’re legally allowed to do so on behalf of their estate.