Can I get tax back if I leave the UK?
A P85 form should be submitted to HMRC if you intend to leave the UK and want to claim tax back. The P85 is also used to determine whether you are a resident of the UK or a non-resident. You must inform HM Revenue & Customs if:
• You leave the UK to live abroad on a permanent basis
• If you are going to work abroad full-time for at least one full tax year.
You do not need to fill in a P85 if you are leaving the UK for a holiday or business trips.
Before you leave the UK
When you submit your P85 form, you will also need to send parts 2 and 3 of your P45. You can get this from your employer, or if you are claiming Jobseeker Allowance, you can get it from Jobcentre Plus. If you are self-employed or have other sources income away from your full-time employment, you will also need to file a self-assessment tax form.
What does a P85 look like?
National insurance and state pension after leaving
If you want to carry on paying national insurance contributions while you are living abroad, you can do. You can do this if you are planning on returning to the UK or are going to claim a state pension later in life. You cannot claim back national insurance contributions, but anything you have paid may count towards benefits in the country you are emigrating to if they have a social security agreement with the UK.
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 2016
• Year ending 5th April 2017
• Year ending 5th April 2018
• Year ending 5th April 2019
Over such a long period of time wage slips and p60s can be lost or misplaced. In most cases, this is not a problem as at Swift Refunds we can seek copies from HM Revenue & Customs on your behalf.
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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DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A TAX REFUND FROM HMRC?
Whether you use your own vehicle for work, use public transport such as trains to travel to various work locations or buy your own equipment and materials then there is a good chance that you can claim back for your travel expenses. HMRC lets claimants claim up to 4 years worth of expenses. On average a 4-year tax rebate pays out around £2,500.