When will I get my tax refund from HMRC?

Overpaying on tax is annoying when it’s the result of changing work and being on an emergency tax code. It’s also annoying when it happens for any reason that’s not your fault. In those circumstances, you’ll want your money back as soon as possible. If you’re asking when will I get my tax refund? you’re either in real need of the money or you’ve run out of patience with HMRC. Either way, we’ve got some advice that will calm your nerves.


Over paid through work

If you’ve overpaid through your works PAYE scheme, you’ll need to phone or write to HMRC with all the details so they can access your situation. If you’re due a refund, it gets paid back in your wages. With HMRC there’s no telling how long this can take. You may as well ask how long a piece of string is because you could be waiting weeks or even months depending on the amount of work HMRC are handling. If you find yourself in this situation, you should keep in touch with HMRC on the phone and ask them when they’ll be in a position to get your refund finalised. You’ll find the contact details at hmrc.gov.uk.

Refund timing

Checking gov.uk shows that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will normally send repayments within 2 weeks or receiving your application, but it can take longer in some cases. The recommendation is that you wait at least 4 weeks before getting in touch with HMRC if you’ve made an online claim. For postal claims, you’ll need to wait 6 weeks before you get onto the phone for an update. As with most similar organisations, there are no guarantees but these timings work as a good guideline.

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