Time limits for claiming back overpaid tax

HMRC will allow you to back-date your tax claim for up to 4 years. There are strict time limits on when you need to claim by for each tax year. Make sure you claim by the dates shown below to ensure you don’t lose your tax rebate!

Tax year 2011/12 (year ended 5 April 2012) – claim by 5 April 2016
Tax year 2012/13 (year ended 5 April 2013) – claim by 5 April 2017
Tax year 2013/14 (year ended 5 April 2014) – claim by 5 April 2018
Tax year 2014/15 (year ended 5 April 2015) – claim by 5 April 2019
Tax year 2015/16 (year ended 5 April 2016) – claim by 5 April 2020

What is a tax year?

A tax year starts on 6th April each year and ends of 5th April the following year. Once the deadline for a tax year has passed, you will no longer be able to claim rebate for that year (even if you can prove you overpaid tax!)

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