HMRC’s annual reconciliation of PAYE for the tax year 2019-20 is well under way. HMRC uses salary and pension information to calculate if you have paid the correct amount of tax. The calculation is usually generated automatically by HMRC’s computer systems on what is known as a P800 form. P800 forms are sent out from the end of the tax year with HMRC expecting all forms to be sent by the end of November. The P800 form is also used if you have not paid enough tax so be sure to read the document carefully.
If you are due a refund, the P800 form will usually tell you that you can claim a refund online. Once you complete the claim online, the refund will be paid within 5 working days and will be in your UK account once your bank has processed the payment. If you do not claim the refund online within 45 days, HMRC will send you a cheque payment.
If your P800 tells you that you will be repaid by cheque, then you do not need to take any further action and you should receive a cheque within 14 days of the date on the P800 Tax Calculation.
If you have not received a P800 form but think that you have overpaid tax then you can contact HMRC to inform them. If HMRC agrees that you are due a tax refund they will send you a P800 form.
You may be able to claim a refund if, for example, you:
- are employed and had too much tax taken from your pay;
- have stopped work;
- sent a tax return and paid too much tax;
- have paid too much tax on pension payments;
- bought a life annuity.
We would be happy to assist you in ensuring that you claim back all the money you are owed from HMRC.