‘They have taken £400 more!’ Britons urged to check tax codes to avoid overpaying bill

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to get back what a person has overpaid in tax, as user Scoggy learnt the hard way. 

They said: “I have simple PAYE tax affairs, and feel very stupid for not paying attention to my tax code. I changed job in December 2009. In my old job I had private medical insurance, and don’t in my current job.

“This month I found out by chance that my tax code has included £918 medical insurance for each year since 09/10. I was gutted as it means I’ve overpaid tax for 12 years.”

Scoggy was able to receive a £1,800 refund, backdating to the 2015 to 2016 tax year, but the HMRC representative he spoke to noted they could not go back any further. 

They concluded: “Moral which I think everyone but me already knew: check your tax code!”

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to get back what a person has overpaid in tax, as user Scoggy learnt the hard way. 

They said: “I have simple PAYE tax affairs, and feel very stupid for not paying attention to my tax code. I changed job in December 2009. In my old job I had private medical insurance, and don’t in my current job.

“This month I found out by chance that my tax code has included £918 medical insurance for each year since 09/10. I was gutted as it means I’ve overpaid tax for 12 years.”

Scoggy was able to receive a £1,800 refund, backdating to the 2015 to 2016 tax year, but the HMRC representative he spoke to noted they could not go back any further. 

They concluded: “Moral which I think everyone but me already knew: check your tax code!”

William Murphy

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