How to get a P60

Make sure you keep a copy of your P60 to be able to prove how much taxes you've paid.

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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 do you get it?

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?

  1. 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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    CraigJuly 22, 2019

    We’re can I get my p60 as my boss won’t give me one

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      fayemanuelJuly 22, 2019Staff

      Hi Craig,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      I’m afraid you can only get your P60s from your current employer. Please know that they are required by law to keep records of P60s for three years. If you need proof of tax from before three years ago, you can contact HMRC and they can send you alternative forms of records for your tax paying.

      Regards,

      Faye

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    DonnaJuly 22, 2019

    Hi, I need my P60 for 2018 and my employer said I need to contact revenue as they don’t issue them no longer.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JhezJuly 22, 2019Staff

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You should get your P60 from your current employer. Your employer is required by law to keep records of all their P60s for three years but if they refuse, your next option is to contact HMRC. This is because an employer is not obligated to give you a copy of a P60.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    wendyJuly 19, 2019

    I moved abroad and now need a copy of my P60 how can i get one?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      fayemanuelJuly 19, 2019Staff

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      You may request your employer to send you your P60 electronically. Please know that P60s are for current employees. If you have left a place of work, then you should receive a P45, and this should be all you need for proof of the tax you’ve paid whilst you were with that employer.

      I hope that helps.

      Kind Regards,

      Faye

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    BolanleJuly 18, 2019

    Please can you help me find my P60

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      fayemanuelJuly 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Bolanle,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      P60s need to come from your employer. They are required by law to keep records of P60s for three years.

      If you need proof of tax from before three years ago, you can contact HMRC and they can send you alternative forms of records for your tax paying.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,

      Faye

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    DJuly 16, 2019

    My sons ex employer will not give him a copy of his P60 for the last year. He needs this for his self assessment.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      fayemanuelJuly 16, 2019Staff

      Hi D,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      P60s are for current employees. If your son have left a place of work, then he should receive a P45, and this should be all he needs for proof of the tax he have paid whilst he was with that employer.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Faye

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    MarylouJuly 5, 2019

    I need my p60 today !
    My last employer sold his business and I think he has gone back to Greece, I have now way of contacting him and I’m totally lost as what to do ! Could you please give me some advice , Marylou Elliott

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      fayemanuelJuly 5, 2019Staff

      Hi Marylou,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      Please know that P60s are for current employees. If you have left a place of work, then you should receive a P45, and this should be all you need for proof of the tax you’ve paid whilst you were with that employer. If your employer is unreachable and won’t provide you access to your P45, they are breaking the law and you should contact the HMRC on 0300 200 3300 or visit their official page for more info on P45.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Faye

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    deeJuly 3, 2019

    i need past 5 years p60s but my employer went bust,how do i get copies

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      fayemanuelJuly 4, 2019Staff

      Hi Dee,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      If you need proof of tax from before three years ago, you can contact HMRC and they can send you alternative forms of records for your tax paying.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to contact us at any time if any other questions arise.

      Kind Regards,

      Faye

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    DomJuly 2, 2019

    My previous employer won’t provide me with a P60 – how can I get a copy?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoyceJuly 3, 2019Staff

      Hi Dom,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder. If you have left a place of work, your previous employer should automatically send you a P45, and if they don’t you should contact them to remind them that it is a legal obligation to provide all ex-employees with a P45. If your old employer still doesn’t send you your P45, or they say they cannot, you can also ask for a ‘statement of earnings’, which, if they cannot provide you with, they are breaking the law and you should contact HMRC.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,

      Joyce

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    AdeleMay 14, 2019

    Hi I am waiting on my P60 to claim tax back my company have told me that they come from our payroll company which is based in France and my company have no control over when they send them out. Can you advise me on when a company have to give these out to employees by law please.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      BellaMay 15, 2019Staff

      Hi Adele,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      P60s need to come from your employer, who is required by law to keep records of P60s for three years. If you need proof of tax from before three years ago, you can contact HMRC and they can send you alternative forms of records for your tax paying.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    AlbaMay 8, 2019

    I worked in UK from July to mid-March. My ex-employer says he can’t give me a P60. Is this true?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      CharisseMay 8, 2019Staff

      Hi Alba,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

      Yes, it’s true as P60 can only be given by current employers and it’s usually given by the end of the tax year (around April or May). Once the employment ends, what the employer should provide is P45, instead of P60.

      P45 also provides a record of the details and amount of tax and insurance you have paid from the start of that current tax year until termination of your employment.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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