Student jobs: paying tax

If you have a job when you’re a student you may need to pay Income Tax and National Insurance.

Tax and National Insurance

You have to pay:

Your employer will usually deduct Income Tax and National Insurance from your wages through Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

If you’ve paid too much tax

If you’ve paid tax and stop working part way through the tax year you may be able to claim a refund.

Use HMRC’s tax checker to find out if you might have paid too much tax, or contact HMRC.

Holiday jobs abroad

If you normally live and study in the UK but work abroad during the holidays you’ll need to pay:

If you work for a foreign employer you do not need to pay National Insurance in the UK, but you might have to pay contributions in the country you’re working in.

If you’re self-employed

If you work for yourself you need to fill in a Self Assessment tax return each tax year, with details of your income and expenses. HMRC will then work out how much tax you need to pay.

Foreign students working in the UK

Some double-taxation agreements mean you do not pay UK tax on your income if you work while you’re a student.

If your country does not have an agreement like this, you have to pay tax in the same way as others who come to live in the UK.