If you stop working in the middle of a tax year, you might be able to claim income tax back from HMRC.
How can I claim back income tax if I leave work?
You can make a claim for income tax you have paid either online though a Government Gateway account, or using a P50 form. The form is specific to people who have stopped working in the middle of a tax year. A tax year runs from 6th April to 5th April in the following year.
You might have stopped working because you have been made redundant, decided to return to full-time education, or have retired.
Usually this is corrected with an adjustment at year-end, or through the following year’s tax code. If you leave work before that can happen then you may be able to make a claim for the repayment of tax. This might also happen if you retire from employment during the year, before starting to receive a pension.
What if I have started work elsewhere?
You will only need to claim if you are out of work for more than 4 weeks and have not returned to work. You can also claim if you retire, or if you have returned to full-time study.
If you are receiving taxable benefits then you will not be able to claim the tax back.
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