What’s the 2021 deadline day for claiming your tax back? This article looks at the key deadlines in the UK tax year and summarises what you may be able to claim from HMRC.
Key UK financial year tax dates
The key dates in the UK financial tax year run from the 6th of April each year and the last day of the tax year is the 5th of April the following year. The current UK tax year is April 6th 2021 to April 5th 2022. The last day to file online tax returns and pay what you owe to HMRC is the 31st January 2022.
How many years back can you claim UK Tax refunds?
You can currently claim up tax refunds on overpaid taxes or work expenses that your employer has not refunded you on up to four previous tax years. This means HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) will issue self-assessment returns and notices for tax returns to be submitted for years up to 5 April 2018.
What’s the time limit for claim UK tax refunds?
The time limit for claiming a tax refund is four years from the end of the tax year for which you overpaid tax.
What can you claim refunds on overpaid tax on in the UK?
There are a number of reasons why tax may have been overpaid and why you may be entitled, including:
- you start a new job and are taxed under an emergency tax code for a while
- you marry or form a civil partnership and you or your spouse or civil partner is born before 6 April 1935
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) sends the wrong tax code to your employer or your employer does not use the correct code
- you are self-employed and you make payments on account for the following year, under the Self Assessment scheme. These payments are too high because of a change in your circumstances, for example, there has been a downturn in your business. You have not made a claim to reduce your payments on account and your final tax liability turns out to be less than the tax you have actually paid
- you have worked from home due to COVID or for other reasons
- you have work expenses that your employer has not repaid you
- you have travel or car mileage and expenses that you used for work
- you have paid for a uniform or clothing items for work that your employer has not repaid you
- you’re a pensioner with more than one occupational pension and your tax-free personal allowances have not been allocated properly so you’ve paid too much tax
- you have more than one job. The employer at your second job will automatically deduct tax at a basic rate so you may not get the benefit of all your tax-free personal allowances. This will frequently apply if you are a student or low-paid worker.
How can we help you claim overpaid UK Tax Back?
If you need help getting your tax back, make sure you have submitted a return and our team will run a no refund, no fee tax application. This way, we’ll run the necessary checks and you’ll find out if you’re owed any tax back!
Can you calculate your UK PAYE Tax refund online?
You can calculate your tax refund online using our PAYE Tax Refund calculator. Use our handy tax calculator to calculate what you could be owed and then check out our tax application page to file your claim online.