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A guide to tax forms

HMRC requires information contained on the P45, P60 and P11D forms before they will approve a tax refund claim. These tax forms are usually given to you by your employer or sent to HMRC.



You will receive a P45 form from an employer if you leave their employ during the course of the tax year. The P45 indicates how much tax has been paid by an employee during the relevant tax year.

The form has multiple parts that are all sent to and kept by different parties:

  • Part 1 is sent to HMRC
  • Part 2 and Part 3 are given to your new employer*
  • Part 1A must be kept for your own records

*If you are unemployed, this will be sent to Jobcentre Plus.



The P60 form indicates the amount of tax an employee has paid during the tax year and is mainly used to calculate overpaid tax. It must be issued by your employer by 31 May.

This form can also be used as proof of income for loan or mortgage applications.

P60 form


Employers must send a P11D to HMRC outlining any benefits in kind received by particular employees, such as company cars or private medical insurance. This form indicates the value of each benefit.

The P11D form must be sent to HMRC by 6 July and the employee should receive a copy of the form or a notice of its contents.

P11D form

For more details on Self Assessment give us a call on +44 808 141 5503 or visit the GOV.UK website.

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