Find out how to request access to personal data HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) holds about you.
You have the right to get a copy of the information that is held about you. This is known as a subject access request (SAR) and you can make a request to HMRC under the Data Protection Act.
Make a SAR
- your tax credits, 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 directly to them. 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)
Tax credits, Income Tax, Child Benefit, VAT, customs and other records SARs should be sent to the ‘Data Protection Officer’ of the HMRC office you’ve been dealing with.
National Insurance SARs should be sent to:
HM Revenue and Customs
National Insurance Contributions Office
Make a SAR for 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 entitled to do so on behalf of their estate.