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When will I get my tax rebate?

when will i get my tax  rebate

This is one of the most common questions that we get asked at Tax Fix. This article will help answer that question for you:

When will I get my tax refund?
You need to apply to get a tax refund, you will not get them automatically. You can apply for previous years tax refunds at any time. For the current tax year, you will need to wait until the year is over in April before you can claim a tax refund.

Once you apply refunds usually take between 4-6 weeks to processed and will depend on the back log with your tax office.

How can I calculate my tax refund?
At the end of the tax year you should be given a P60 from your employer. When you have this all you need to do is input your total income and total tax into our tax rebate calculator

Press on the ‘calculate’ button and it will let you know if you are due a tax rebate.

Do tax rebates expire?
Yes, that’s why we recommend that you apply for them as soon as possible. The current expiry date is 6 years but this will be changing shortly.


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Disclaimer: The above information can not be taken as advice and is for illustration purposes only. Please call Tax Fix before making any claims or confirmation. Tax Fix can not accept any liability for action taken and any losses incurred.

Porchy - Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Sent my tax application in 19th April, when will I receive my payment

TaxFix - Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Porchy: Rebates usually take between 4- 8 weeks for the Inland Revenue to process. Sometimes it can take longer if there are back logs with tax offices, this can often happen during peak times, such as the end of the tax year.

jimbo - Monday, June 21st, 2010

i sent in a tax return in april. Will i still have to apply for a rebate?

TaxFix - Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

jimbo: If you have completed a tax return, you should receive any tax rebate with your tax return.

lewis - Monday, June 28th, 2010

my accountant told me that my payment authorized on the 23rd june 2010. when will the money be in my account ?

TaxFix - Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

lewis: It should be in your account within 2 weeks.

Sonny - Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Got a letter yesterday saying im getting a £470 repayment. When can i expect to get this and will i get it in small payments or the whole amount?

TaxFix - Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Sonny: Normally you should receive it within 2 weeks and it will be in a lump sum.

Mrs Jones - Monday, November 15th, 2010

Apparently my tax refund was paid to my accountant as my agent 5 months ago (according to the tax office). I have contacted him several times during this period and he has told me he has not received it. What should I do if he does not pay it or won’t return my calls?

TaxFix - Monday, November 15th, 2010

Mrs Jones: You can contact HMRC and ask them to reissue the cheque to your address.

Mrs Jones - Monday, November 15th, 2010

Thank you for your response to my question but will HMRC still issue me a cheque if my accountant has actually had the money but it just sitting on it (or has used it to pay his bills)?

TaxFix - Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Mrs Jones: It is unlikely they will reissue a cheque that has been cashed. If your accountant is keeping money that is your, you should contact him first and write a letter detailing your concern, if this does not work you can contact his accounting body.

kevin88 - Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

i put an online tax return in on the 3rd of december for the year 08/09 when can i expect payment into my bank

TaxFix - Friday, December 17th, 2010

kevin88: Refunds usually take between 4-8 weeks.

L - Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I sent off my tax application in Feb, and still havent recieved any news.. when will i get this back?

andrew - Thursday, March 31st, 2011

i posted my tax rebate on 25/02/11 when will i here something back..

sharnie - Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

i filled in a p60 before xmas how will i find out if i get my tax back?

boddles - Sunday, April 10th, 2011

i’ve been on maternity leave for 9 months so is maternity pay tax free. if bit is and i have earnt less than my tax code with maternity pay taken off will i get a tax rebate. if i am entitled then will hmrc inform me or do i need to contact them

leon  - Monday, April 11th, 2011

i had a payment request sent to me yesterday online i put in my bank details how long will i have to wait now till its in my bank??

Gazzer - Monday, April 18th, 2011

When will I receive my tax rebate which I submited online???

elizabeth w - Monday, May 9th, 2011

i have filed my 2010/2011 tax return which showed i had overpaid tax by 1400 and owed 340 on student loan payments. how will this be taken / credited back to me and when?

louise - Thursday, May 12th, 2011

my partner worked from before the start of the tax year april 2010 until the middle of july when he lost his job. He then signed onto income based jobseekers allowance until April 26th 2011. Whilst employed he paid £731 tax. Will he be able to get a refund of the total amount? Also, who does he have to claim it from? HMRC or the Job Centre? He hasn’t received a p60 as yet, although we have been told that there is a p60u in the post from the job centre. Any help please?

Hellish38 - Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I got a letter from the inland revenue to say I was due some money back due to overpayment, that was 2 weeks ago, when will I receive it?

tim  - Monday, August 22nd, 2011

im paying emergency tax can i claim this back before next april my current job started on the 07 05 2011?

Barry  - Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

got a letter from tax office in november saying i was due the last 4 years a tax refund, got one cheque about a month ago but nothing since, is it worth phoning?

Fran - Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I had my tax code changed from 18T to 747L mid Dec 2010. I started work Sep 2010 I was told i’d receive my tax back either end Dec (which I didn’t) or end Jan is this correct?

katie - Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

my partner has had several letters dating back from 08-11 saying he is owed money from each year.will he recieve this money all in 1 go or will they send sepearte cheques for each amount?

katie - Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

my partner has had several letters in one go explaining that he is due tax repayments back from 08 to 11.will he recieve this all in one cheque or do they send them out seperatly? and how long does it usually take as the letter was dated back nearly 4 weeks.

lee winship - Saturday, April 7th, 2012

im just wondering how long it will be before i get my tax rebate for 2010 2011 as ive had my accountant put in my autherisation code 4 weeks ago and have heard nothing since i am desperate for this money and would like to know were i stand please

d todd  - Friday, April 13th, 2012

i filed my tax return on the 10th of april so when can i expect 2 resive my tax rebate ?

Ben - Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I did my tax return last Monday online when will the money be paid as it didn’t say

1n - Thursday, April 26th, 2012

done my tax return 1 week ago, when will it be in my account..? some people have got theres in a week.

jill - Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

i have been waitin 4 weeks to receive my tax rebate how much longer should it take to go into my bank account?

Anthony - Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Hi i worked from june 2011 until december 2011, and started again in march 2012. I know i’m entitled to a tax rebate, my employer deals with hm revenue and Customs, (PAYE), do i complete a form, or will i recieve my tax rebate automatically, and whne should i expect it?


ash - Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

i recieved and accepted a figure for my tax reurn on 5th May. when will it actually go into my bank?

Helen - Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

hi my husband has applied for a tax rebate & submitted the relevant forms, if it is successful & he is entitled can it be back directly into the bank account or has to be via cheque?
Kind regards

Martin - Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Hi, I received three separate letter two weeks ago from hm revenue saying I am due a tax refund over past three years. I have received one cheque 3 days ago with the amount as stated in one of the letters. Will i get a further two cheques? if so, when?

catia antunes - Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

hello my first job was by a temporary agency i start work on 18 november 2011 and in 1st of january 2012,i became permenent in my job start to work to carrilion and i was tax to much tax and in the last two weeks of july they change my tax code to ot to 810l and now i want to know when i’m gona be refund and how much?

Moni - Monday, September 3rd, 2012


I overpaid my tax for last year as I only worked part time and my income did not exeeded £7000. I have send my tax return in July. When can I expect to have my money back? In the previous year I sent my tax return on 30th January and I had money back on my account two days later without filling any claim forms etc.

Already applied - Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Hey i already applied for my rebate signed for it 2 be released. when will i get it?

Kirsty Fallan

Irene - Thursday, September 13th, 2012

I recieved a letter from HMRC saying my tax rebate was being paid to my accountants, and he would issue me my rebate. That was 8wks ago, and I have not received a penny, how long is a reasonable time to wait??

sandra draper - Friday, September 21st, 2012

received a letter from hmrc stating they are sending me a payable order.what is this?

sami - Sunday, November 4th, 2012

ive handed parts one and two of my p45 to jobcentre as i have just applied for JSA, when will i get my tax rebate back?

Shane Evans - Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The IRS sent me a cheque to an old address, I have just been informed. I spoke to them and they are going to issue a new payment. How long will this take

Gary  - Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

How can I find out who regulates my accountant

Lee Annis - Thursday, December 20th, 2012

i received a letter explaining that i will a receive a cheque for a tax rebate within 14 days, its now been 3 weeks should i be worried, maybe i should contact them?

TaxFix - Friday, December 21st, 2012

Lee Annis: Sometimes refunds can take longer if security checks had to be performed.

annie - Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

i recieved 4 letters from you stating that i was due tax refunds for the last 4 years ive worked. i recieved one cheque for this year but im still waiting for the others is this mormal?its been 2 months .

carina - Saturday, January 5th, 2013

i am unemployed and have sent of my p45 ans a p50 to the tax office i am not claiming anything when will i get my rebate will it be before april

Bilal - Monday, January 14th, 2013

Got a tax refund letter saying i overpaid by £177.00 and on the bakc it say you will recieve it in two weeks of the isse letter is that true

catrina  - Thursday, January 17th, 2013

my accountant got the authorization code today and has dealt with my account how long will it take to go into my account ….thanks :)

Shannon - Monday, January 28th, 2013

I sent my forms back with my p50 how long will it take for the money to go into my account

robet - Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

got a letter of the tax rebate to say the value of my claim is undecided does this mean i am entitled to a tax rebate thank you

Burstmeister - Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Did my self assessment on 9th Jan and am due £1700 rebate…anyone any idea when this gets paid?

allan - Friday, February 8th, 2013

can i have a tax rebate payed into a thai bank

TaxFix - Friday, February 8th, 2013

allan: Yes we can pay your tax refund into your thai bank account.

TaxFix - Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Christina Regan: If you are leaving the UK you will be able to claim a tax rebate. Usually the tax rebate won’t be all of the tax that you paid, it will just be a portion of it.

TaxFix - Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Paul smith: It depends on how much you earned in the year in which you left the UK. If you earned below the tax free allowance you can claim it all back, if you earned more, then you can claim a portion of the tax that you paid.

TaxFix - Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Shannon: Refunds usually take around 6-8 weeks to process.

refund - Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

I done my tax return form back in January and wondered when I was getting refund? As I know I will be due one cos I lost money in my first year

andy  - Thursday, March 7th, 2013

I got a letter from the tax office on 28th Sept 2012 saying what i was to get back from them ,it said they had give it to my accountant . He says that he’s never got the payment . I got the tax office to send me out a Bacs payment as proof that they did send it and he still says it never come .has anyone got the same problem as me or an idea of what way to deal with it ?

connor allenby - Saturday, March 30th, 2013

When will i get my tax rebate?

Bryn  - Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Hi I’m self employed and did my tax rebate five months ago and my father did his around the same time neither of us have received it, what’s the maximum time rebates can take, many thanks

Dan - Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I got a letter through the post saying I was owed money dated 12/03/13 which is 4 weeks ago now.

Anybody know when I might see the damn cheque?

TaxFix - Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Dan: It usually takes a few weeks to arrive, but could take longer if they are doing ‘security checks’

shane1973 - Thursday, April 11th, 2013

A friend who is a part-time accountant filed my self assessment for me online on 19/3/13 and is still payment pending it was for four years as I have never done it before. Will I get the money due back to me as it has been over 3 weeks.

James - Friday, April 12th, 2013

I worked for a company for 5 years I left and started a new job in january but I am paying emergency tax will I get it back this year or next ?

danny woodward - Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

I have a 3 way partnership of which I have no control over the bank account, the tax is due to refund over 30grand of which I am owed 10, im afrad my partners will not pay me what can I do,

ben - Monday, April 29th, 2013

My tax is pending repayment how long does it take after for it to be issused

TaxFix - Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

ben: Usually you will be paid within 2 weeks.

pat - Thursday, May 30th, 2013

my self assessment refund is showing as ‘not yet used’ can someone tell me what this means

adrian - Thursday, June 6th, 2013

i recieved a payment issued on the 5th of june for 2012 2013 tax year its saying payment will be credited in jan 2014 why is this ?

Daniel Scandolera - Saturday, June 15th, 2013

my tax rebate is still pending? its has been 3 weeks today should it take much longer?

TaxFix - Friday, June 28th, 2013

Daniel Scandolera: Sometimes it can take HMRC a few weeks to do security checks. You can try contacting your local tax office to check up on your claim.