Have you lost your P45? Often people loose their P45′s or are not given one by their employer when they finish working for them. This article will answer some of the common questions on how to get a replacement.
What is a P45?
A P45 is a tax document which your employer should give to you when you finish working for them.
What should you do with your P45
When you start a new job you should give your P45 to your new employer so that they can put you on the correct tax code. If you do not you may be put on an emergency tax code which could result in you paying too much tax. You can also use your P45 to claim a tax refund if you have stopped working part way through the tax year or are leaving the UK.
What if you are not given a P45
If you not given a P45 by your employer you should remind them of their obligation to give you one. If you are still not given a P45 you have two options:
1. If you need your P45 to give to your new employer, you can use a P46 as a replacement.
2. If you need your P45 to claim a tax rebate, you can write to your employer (or previous employer) and ask for a ‘statement of earnings’ on company headed paper. This statement of earnings, can be used as a replacement to a P45 when applying for a tax rebate and your employer is required under the data protection act to provide this. If you would like a template letter to send to your employer, write us an Email using this template and we would be happy to send one.