What is an emergency tax code?

What is an emergency tax?

An emergency tax code is applied to your salary by HMRC. It is only a temporary measure until the tax office has more information about you. Once they have the relevant information, your tax code is adjusted.

Why am I on an emergency code?

You are usually placed on emergency tax when you start a new job, or if you are starting your first ever job, in this case, HMRC will have no financial information about you, so an emergency tax code will be applied automatically. Other reasons may include that you have started, or stopped receiving work benefits, you have started a full-time job after being self-employed, or you claim marriage allowance or expenses.

How do I know if I am on emergency tax?

An emergency tax code will be on your payslip. Different companies use different play slip templates, but you can generally find your tax code near your national insurance number. Over the course of the year, HMRC will adjust how much tax you pay as it gathers more financial information about you. Though the payments are corrected over the year, you may still have paid to much tax, and you can claim a tax refund.

How much is emergency tax?

Emergency tax means you are paying more than the basic UK tax rate. A basic rate taxpayer will pay an extra £1,300 in taxes if they earn up to £45,000, while higher-rate taxpayers will pay an extra £4,600 in taxes if they are earning up to £100,000. Anyone over £100,00 per year begins to lose personal allowance by £1 for every £2 they earn over that number, at over £123,000 you do not get any personal allowance.

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What Can I Claim Tax Back On?

You can claim tax back on most work-related expenses. Below is a list of items that you can request a tax rebate on:


• Vehicles for work use
• Fuel/Mileage costs
• Travel expenses
• Overnight expenses (food in certain circumstances)
• Rail Tickets (single & season tickets)
• Uniforms, work clothing and tools
• Cleaning costs for uniforms
• Professional fees, subscriptions & unions fees


This list is an example of what you could claim back; there may be expenses & items specific to the job role that you could claim back.

What are the Deadlines?

In the UK, the current legislation states that you can claim back up to four years when claiming a tax rebate. What this means is you could claim for the following tax periods:


• Year ending 5th April 2018
• Year ending 5th April 2019
• Year ending 5th April 2020
• Year ending 5th April 2021

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Am I Due Any Tax Back?

Most workers, whether employed or self-employed may be due a tax rebate for work-related items, expenses or because they have paid too much tax. HMRC do not know everyone’s individual circumstances, and it is up to the taxpayer to contact HMRC to see if they are entitled to any tax relief.


Other reasons for a tax refund may include pension payments, redundancy payments, interest from a savings account, PPI, or UK income if you are living aboard.


All claims for tax refunds and rebates are reviewed on a case by case basis. Use our tax claim form and answer a few simple questions to see if you could be entitled to make a claim.

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