One of the most common questions we get asked is: ‘How long does it take to get a tax rebate’. In this article we will answer this question and also how to ensure your claim is processed as quickly as possible.
- How long does it take to get a tax refund?
- How can I speed up my tax rebate?
- I have lost my P60/P45’s
How long does it take to get a tax refund?
Refunds usually take between 30-45 days to process by the Inland Revenue. This 30-45 day timeframe applies only if you include all the correct documents with your claim. If your application is incomplete and the Inland Revenue have to write to you to request more information your claim can be severely delayed.
Also the time it takes to claim your tax rebate will depend on the backlog of post that your specific tax office is experiencing. During peak periods, like at the end of the tax year your claim may take longer to process.
How can I speed up my tax rebate?
Tax refund agents can often get a refund quicker as they have the experience of dealing with the Inland Revenue as well as agent priority phone lines.
If you are applying yourself you should make sure you include all the relevant information with your claim to avoid any potential delays. You may need the following forms, depending on your situation.
- Any P45/P60’s
- A P91
- P85/P86 - Leaving/Entering the UK forms
- Covering Letter
- Form P38(S) - Inland Revenue Student Exemption
I have lost my P60/P45’s
If you are missing any of your tax documents such as a P45 or P60 you can get a replacement by asking your employer for a statement of earnings on company headed paper. They are required by law to provide a copy and this will be an acceptable replacement for the Inland Revenue when making your claim