A P60 is pretty much the most important tax document for people in long term employment.
But what is it? Why do you need it? And, most importantly, how to get a P60?
What is a P60?
A P60 is a tax document that you are legally entitled to and which your employer(s) issues you with each tax year.
It contains all the information about your income over the years, your pensions payments, and how much tax you’ve paid.
You should receive one from your employer, as long as you are still employed by them at the beginning of the tax year (April 6).
Why do I need a P60?
P60s are needed for several important things including:
- If you want to apply or renew tax credits.
- If you’d like to claim a tax rebate.
- To complete your self assessment tax return, if you are self employed.
How do I get a copy of my P60?
- You shouldn’t need to do anything. Your employer should automatically send you your P60 at the end of each tax year, and you should receive it by April or May (deadline is on 31 May).
2. If you have lost it… No problem. Your employer is required by law to keep records of all their P60s for three years, so you can ask for another copy from them.
3. If you’re about to start a new job/have just left your old one. Then you don’t need a P60, but a P45. Info on what it is and how to get it is on this guide.
It might be a good idea, if you have a secure place to view and print documents, to ask for your P60 electronically. Electronic P60s have been available since 2011, and you can give your employer permission to use this much harder-to-lose method of getting your P60.
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