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What is a Tax Refund?
If you have paid too much tax, you can usually claim back what you have overpaid. This refund of tax is often called a tax rebate. There are many possible reasons why a tax rebate may be due, and in most cases the full amount of tax that has been overpaid is paid back.
Tax refund common reasons:
- you have paid emergency tax through the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system
- you have not claimed back tax relief on job related expenses
- you spent a period of time not working (whether or not you have returned to work yet)
- an incorrect tax code has been applied to some or all of your income
- you receive more than one pension, or your pension provider has deducted too much tax
Tax rebates may be payable on most types of tax paid in the UK, including income tax and overpaid National Insurance contributions. In some cases a tax rebate will be provided through the PAYE system, which means that it will be added to your wage packet. Sometimes HMRC will write to you enclosing a cheque usually if a tax rebate is due for previous tax years.
In some cases tax rebates are generated automatically at the end of the tax year, but this does not always happen. Therefore, if you think you may be due a tax refund it is worth double checking. It is also possible to claim a tax rebate on behalf of someone who has died, if you are their partner or legal executor.
Time limits apply when claiming tax rebates. These are typically two to seven years, depending on the type of tax. A tax refund through PAYE earnings must be claimed within the last four tax years with the earliest tax year currently being the 2008/2009 which starts on the 06/04/2008 and ends on the 05/04/2009.
For further Tax Refund information, please follow the links below:
- Am I Due A Tax Rebate?
- How To Claim A Tax Rebate
- Business Mileage Tax Refunds including:
- Travel Expenses Tax Refunds including:
- - When can I claim tax relief (business mileage) for travel to a temporary workplace?
- - When can I claim tax relief (business mileage) for travelling to work in different locations?
- - If I use public transport can I claim tax relief for a travel card?
- - When can I claim tax relief for Subsistence and accommodation?
- - Do I need to use the cheapest transport or accommodation to claim tax relief?
- - Travel Expenses - How much can I claim?
- Subsistence Expenses Tax Refunds including:
- Tools for Work Use Tax Refunds including:
- Mechanic Tax Claim Refunds including:
- Tax Rebates for Washing of Uniform including:
- CIS Tax Refunds including:
- Income Tax Code Refund including:
- Tax Claim Refunds for Trades / Construction Industry Workers under PAYE including:
- Left or Leaving the UK Tax Claim Refunds including:
- Teacher Tax Refunds including information on:
- Nurse Tax Refunds including information on:
- Doctor Tax Refunds including information on:
- Healthcare Worker Tax Rebates including:
- Police Tax Refunds including information on:
- UK Non Resident Tax Refunds including:
- UK Non Resident Landlords Tax Refunds including:
- - What is the UK Non Resident Landlord Scheme?
- - What if the property is administered by Letting Agents?
- - Can I claim Tax Relief for Property Expenses?
- - How does the Non Resident Landlord Scheme affect my Tax payments?
- - Do I need to complete a Self Assessment Tax Return?
- - How does other income affect my tax allowance?
- Is the interest on a tax rebate taxable?
- Car Tax Refund including:
- Council Tax Rebate including:
- VAT Refund including:
- NI Refund including:
- Inheritance Tax Rebates
- Seafarers Tax Refund including:
- Student Tax Refund including:
- TV Licence Refund
- Gift Aid including: