Emergency tax codes
If you’re on an emergency tax code your payslip will show:
- 1185 W1
- 1185 M1
- 1185 X
These mean you’ll pay tax on all your income above the basic Personal Allowance.
You may be put on an emergency tax code if you’ve started:
- a new job
- working for an employer after being self-employed
- getting company benefits or the State Pension
Emergency tax codes are temporary. Your employer can help you update your tax code.