FAQ - Frequently Asked Tax Refund Questions - General Tax Info
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1. What is a tax refund?
A tax refund is a repayment of tax that you have overpaid during the tax year, as determined by HM Revenue & Customs.
2. Who can make a Tax Refund claim?
Anyone who has lived and worked in the UK may be eligible to claim for a tax refund.
Certain criteria do apply, however 97% of people are able to make a claim - even after they've left the UK!
3. How much can I claim back?
If you have earned less than the 'tax free allowance' you will be able to claim back all of the tax you have paid (as an example, the tax free allowance for 2011/2012 tax year is 7475 pounds).
If your earnings exceed the 'tax free allowance', you are more than likely due a tax refund.
To calculate you tax refund use our online Tax Refund calculator or contact one of our professional Tax Refunds Advisors for a free quote on 0808 141 5503.
4. When can I claim my tax back?
You are able to claim after the end of any financial year (5th April) if you are still working in the UK.
If you have retired, become unemployed, become a student or you have been made redundant and you wont be working again until the end of the tax year (5th April) you may be able to claim back some of the tax you have paid.
You can claim for any previous tax year at any time during the tax year. Again, if you are leaving the country, or have already left, you may claim during the financial year.
5. How many years can I claim tax back for?
You can claim for the current tax year if you are leaving or have already left the UK, where you are also able to make claims for the past 5 years.