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Employers issue a P60 to employees at the end of every tax year. The P60 shows the employee how much their employer has paid them, as well as the tax and NI contributions their employer has deducted for PAYE, in a tax year. It also shows an employee’s tax reference number.

Though your employer should issue payslips each time they pay you, a P60 is a useful document to keep hold of. It shows you what’s been earned (and deducted) in a year, and is often the easiest way to prove what income and tax has been paid.

If you’re self-employed as well as working for an employer then your P60 will help you complete the ’employment details’ section of your Self Assessment tax return.

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Your employer will normally issue your P60 after the end of the tax year it relates to (5th April, every year), although you might not get one straight away and your employer has until May to do so. If you don’t receive one, follow this up with your employer.

If you have more than one employer, then you’ll receive a separate P60 from each one. The individual P60s will only show the income and tax deductions relating to that employer. If you complete a Self Assessment tax return, don’t forget to include the details of each employer – you’ll need the separate P60s to help you.

As an employer you can provide your employees with either a digital or paper version of their P60. You’ll need to make sure they receive their copy before 31st May in the same year that the relevant tax year ended.

As a sole trader you’re not technically paying yourself a salary from the business, you’re just left with the profits. Because you’re not an employee, you don’t need to issue yourself with a P60.

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Suzanne Goodier-Dodson

I'm a Senior Payroll Clerk with a degree in Mathematics, responsible for overseeing every aspect of payroll for our clients. In my spare time, I love to travel and going to gigs. Read my Staff Spotlight.

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