You will only be given a P60 if you were working for an employer on the last day of the tax year (April 5th). If you stopped working for an employer before the last day of the tax year, you should be given a P45 instead.
A P60 is a statement given to you by your employer which shows the amount of tax that you have paid during the tax year and the amount of income that you have earned. They may be other information on your P60 include your unique PAYE tax reference number, your tax code and your name and other personal details.
There are a number of reasons why you may need a P60, they include:
- Claiming a tax rebate
- Child support
- Student loan
- Proof of earnings
- Tax credits
How to obtain a Replacement for a Lost P60
Often people loose or are not given a P60 and need to get a replacement. It is not actually possible to obtain an actual replacement of a P60, it is possible to obtain a document that can be used as a replacement though, this document is a statement of earnings.
To obtain a statement of earnings you need to write to the payroll department of the company that you would like the replacement P60 from. We can send you a template letter which you can customise, simply send us an Email using this: template.
The company is legally required, under the data protection act, to provide a statement of earnings for any time in the last 6 years. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.
Graham - Monday, July 26th, 2010
My wife is retired, she is 62 but she has not received her P60 for this year & needs it before the end of this month, how can she get one in time?
TaxFix - Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
Graham: She can write to her employer and ask for a statement of earnings on company headed paper, which can act as a replacement for a P60.
Charlotte - Thursday, October 21st, 2010
I worked for my last employer from the 14-04-2009 to 29-01-2010. Should I receive a P60? If so, they are refusing to do so. What do I do?
TaxFix - Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Charlotte: No you shouldn’t get a P60. You only get a P60 if you were working for the company on the last day of the tax year (5th April). You should be given a P45 though.
Jake - Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
I rang my employer and ask for a replacement p60 or a a statement of earnings but this woman is a total b****!! she keeps saying she cant give me one and just says i shouldn’t have lost it in the first place. I know what she is doing is illegal but i don’t know what to do or say to put her in her place
TaxFix - Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Jake: You can tell her that you would like a statement of earnings on company headed paper, this can be used as a replacement for a P60. You can tell her that she is required under the data protection act to provide this for you.
Jake - Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
I have asked her to do this and she says she has sent one in the post. But i havent recieved anything and now she says she is not sending another one at the moment because she is to busy. i recorded the phonecall because what she is saying must be illegal but i dont know how to act on it. im sick of her and everyone else is a workmate had the same problem and needed a replacement P60 to claim tax credits and she told him he didn’t deserve tax credits and that he was a scrounge!! Any help would be really appreciated
TaxFix - Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Jake: She is required under the data protection act to provide the information. You can take your case to the data commissionaire if she refuses.
paul grant - Thursday, November 25th, 2010
the copies of accounts where distroyed in 2008 flodds . i do not know how to find out my earnings for 20004-20005
mary - Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
the company i used to work for has gone bankrupt and i’ve lost my p60 what can i do.
rosie - Thursday, May 26th, 2011
can the payroll company charge a fee for p60 and wage slips ?
Richard Harker - Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
How would I get a P60 or statement of earnings if the company I worked for has gone bust? I need it as I believe I have overpaid student loan and they will not do anything about it unless I prove it.
Paul - Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Can i get a replacement P60 from t inland revenue
Anthony Lintern - Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
I can’t get hold of a payroll as the company has gone bust what do I do?
Jamie - Friday, April 20th, 2012
I need to get a P60 or my first payslip from over 13 years ago, is that possible as companies are only required to keep legal docs like that for 6 years?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
stacey - Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
it has a total pay to date and a total pay for tax to date on my wage slip cani use those figures on my tax credit forms?
Fiona - Monday, April 30th, 2012
My employer is asking £25 for a lost P60 Is this legal?
karen - Saturday, May 19th, 2012
hi i work for the NHS & i am being made redundant after 22 years, when i first started i worked for north derbyshire health authority for 4 years then they got taken over by the NHS trust which i have worked for the last 18 years now they are closing the unit, but i need to obtain proof that i worked for north derbyshire health authority for the first 4 years, for my redundancy as they say records dont go back that far & i dont have my old p60s so is there any way of getting hold of them
Abraham Bruwer - Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
I need to proof my income for the last 5 years and my employer want to charge me £20 to give me copies of my P60s or proof of income. Can they do this?
abraham bruwer - Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
My employer want to charge me £20 for replacement P60s for the past 5 years. Can they do this?
Dennis King - Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Lost P60 for 2009/2010 company no longer there i need p60 for tax returns how do I get one thanks
TaxFix - Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Annabelle Smith: Yes, you can offset mortgage interest against any rental income to determine your taxable profit.
Toni Watson - Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Can my past enployers legally charge £25 for a replacement P60 and final pay slip?
TaxFix - Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Toni Watson: They can charge a ‘reasonable amount’ for the effort needed to provide a replacement P60.
Bernie - Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Hi, I lost my P60 form and have asked my former employee for replacement for 2 years. They have asked for £50 + VAT for the 2 P60 to be emailed to me. Are they allowed to charge me for copies of my own P60′s?
TaxFix - Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Bernie: They can charge a ‘reasonable’ amount for a replacement. Usually this is only around £10. £50 seems like a lot.
gary jones - Monday, April 1st, 2013
I need a p60 from 10 years ago but the company no longer exists
Giuliana - Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
My dad is retired & 76yrs old. He gets a P60 yearly from Legal & General with his pension incomce amount then the tax amount they deduct. Dad retired at 65 & had a part time job till 67 not worked since. why do they deduct the tax or how do they calculate the tax he should pay? whilst he worked he always paid tax. He is getting confused as they seem to be taking more from his pension amount in tax deductions, any help or answers would be great.
Rob - Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
I lost my p60 2011/12 and had 6 different employers what can I do
TaxFix - Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
You should only receive a P60 from employers that you were working for on the last day of the tax year (April 5th). If you are missing a P60 (or P45) for any employer you can write to them and ask them to provide a statement of earnings.