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UK Tax Refund Guide for Australians and New Zealanders

If you have left the UK and are now living in Australia or New Zealand, you may be entitled to UK Tax Refund. But you must tell HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) if you leave the UK to live abroad permanently or if you’re going to work abroad full-time for at least one full tax year to ensure you can claim back UK tax refund.

Otherwise, making a UK tax refund claim will have some problems.

Are you eligible for a UK tax refund for Australians?

Yes, if you have worked and paid tax in the UK.

And if you think you have overpaid tax, applying for a UK tax refund is more important than ever.

It has been a while since I left the UK, can I still claim a tax refund?

Your claim for a UK tax refund will remain valid within the last four years since you left UK shores. All you need to do is to check out UK tax refund guide and find the details about lodging an application. A safer bet would be to consult with tax experts.

Reasons you could be due a UK tax refund

  • You did not use all your tax-free allowance in the year that you left the UK
  • You still have income arising in the UK and is paying tax for it. These include income from a rental property or a private pension.
  • You did not claim tax allowances for expenses incurred while doing your job, such as paying professional fees or buying tools for work.

Can I still work in the UK after claiming tax refund?

Applying for a UK tax refund does not affect your right to return to work in the UK. After all, it is your right to apply for a tax back if you are due a UK tax refund for Australians.

How much will be the worth of my UK tax refund?

There is no upper limit on the amount of tax that you can claim after you leave the UK. This means your tax refund could be worth up to £900 or more. This makes it worth the time and effort for making a UK tax refund claim.

The amount of UK tax rebate can vary due to a number of factors, such as how much tax you paid and whether you have other sources of income.

What do I need to make a UK tax claim?

In applying for a UK tax refund, you need to provide the following documents:

P85

This form serves as a confirmation that you left the UK and will bear information about your employment. It should be sent to (HMRC).

P45

Your employer will provide this form when you leave your job. Parts 2 and 3 of this form should be sent to HMRC, along with your form P85. If you have been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, then you can get your P45 from Jobcentre Plus.

If you were self-employed in the UK, you need to complete a self assessment tax return.

Even if you don’t have a form p45, you can still make a claim. But the process is smoother if you do have this particular document.

How do I get my UK tax refund in Australia?

If you’re owed a refund, HMRC will send you a cheque that you can deposit into your bank account.



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