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Understanding Overpayment Relief – Types, Eligibility & How to Claim

Understanding Overpayment Relief

Understanding Overpayment Relief – Types, Eligibility & How to Claim

by Mohamed at Taxfile.

Have you ever felt that you’ve paid more in taxes than necessary? Whether due to calculation errors, changes in personal circumstances, or evolving tax laws, overpayments can happen to anyone. The good news is that there’s a way to reclaim those excess funds through the process of overpayment relief claims. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of reclaiming your hard-earned money.

What is Overpayment Relief?

Overpayment relief allows you to recover money you’ve mistakenly paid to HMRC within four years after the end of the tax year in which the overpayment occurred. It’s a financial safety net that allows you to correct discrepancies and regain control of your finances. Understanding the concept is the first step toward putting your overpaid taxes back where they belong – in your pocket.

Types of Overpayment

The overpayment must be for income tax, capital gains tax (CGT), Class 4 National Insurance contributions (NICs), or corporation tax. It applies to both overpayments and excessive assessments.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have a valid reason for believing you overpaid tax. This could be an error in your tax return, incorrect coding by HMRC, or changes in your circumstances affecting your tax liability. You cannot claim overpayment relief simply by correcting your tax return after the deadline.

Claiming Overpayment Relief

You need to submit a formal claim to HMRC in the correct format, explicitly stating that it’s for “overpayment relief.”

The claim should clearly identify the tax year, the amount you believe you overpaid, and the reason for the overpayment. Include any supporting evidence, like documents confirming income, deductions, or expenses. Your claim must be submitted within specific time frames — generally, four years from the end of the tax year for which you’re claiming. Special rules apply for late claims.

Claim Format

Your claim must be made in writing, stating the tax year, the amount overpaid, the reason for your claim, and whether you’ve previously appealed. You cannot claim through your tax return.

For more information please refer to the HMRC website or get in touch with Taxfile.

Tax & Accountancy Help from Taxfile

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Taxfile is a tax advisor and accountant in Tulse Hill at 25 Thurlow Park Road, Tulse Hill, London SE21 8JP. We’re on the corner at the junction of Birkbeck Hill and the South Circular (A205), within easy walking distance of Tulse Hill station (map). We also have a Dulwich office as well as helping people with tax and accountancy in Devon and Cornwall.

Late with your tax return and tax payment? What happens now?

Missed the Tax Return Deadline? What Happens Now?

Missed the Tax Return Deadline? What Happens Now?

[February 2024]: If you missed the deadline to submit your self-assessment tax return, the first thing to know is that you are now into the penalty stage. HMRC applies an automatic £100 penalty to those who are even 1 day late (the deadline was 11.59pm on 31st January) and further penalties are added if you take even longer to comply. It’s worse, of course, if you also haven’t paid any tax owed as you’ll then owe interest too, so our advice is to pay as much as you can as soon as possible, so you’ll reduce any element of interest. However, if you “took reasonable care to meet” a deadline and there is a genuine reason why you were late, you have the option to appeal if your circumstances fit eligible criteria. Let’s take a look …

Circumstances that are taken into account by HMRC when considering appeals include:

  • if a close relative or partner died shortly before the tax return or payment deadline;
  • if you had to stay in hospital unexpectedly;
  • if you had a life-threatening or serious illness;
  • if your computer or software failed at the time you were preparing your online return;
  • if HMRC’s online services were disrupted;
  • if you were prevented from filing your return or paying your tax because of a fire, flood or theft;
  • if there were unexpected postal delays;
  • if you have a disability of mental illness that affected the delay;
  • if you misunderstood your legal obligation, or were unaware of it;
  • if someone you’d appointed for the task (e.g. accountant or tax adviser) failed in their obligation on your behalf;
  • and occasionally other reasons which, if genuine, HMRC may deem to be relevant (for example, some Covid-related circumstances).

Excuses that aren’t usually accepted by HMRC include:

  • you didn’t receive a reminder from HMRC;
  • you found HMRC’s online system too difficult to use;
  • your cheque bounced or payment failed due to you having insufficient funds;
  • you made an error on your return.

Appealing Against an HMRC Penalty

You do have the right to appeal against HMRC’s decision to issue you a penalty, for example due to a tax return — or the actual tax — being paid late. Taxfile can help advise you about that (see below).

Taxfile are Here to Help

So, if your tax return is late, you owe HMRC tax or are owed a refund by them, come and see us as soon as possible at Taxfile — we’re accountants and tax advisors in Tulse Hill, South London. We’ll help to sort it all out for you with the minimum of fuss, at a competitive price. Come in as early in the month as you can and we’ll help you to sort things out — for the best possible outcome. We know the rules and liaise with HMRC every single day on behalf of our clients, so if we can help convince HMRC to reduce or completely remove any penalty you may be facing, we will do so, so long as your circumstances fit the relevant HMRC criteria. You can only appeal within 30 days of the date of any penalty notice you receive, so the earlier the better – give us a call on 0208 761 8000 or fill in the short form here and we’ll take it from there. Alternatively, book an appointment with one of our expert tax advisors to chat things over, without obligation. Payment plans called ‘Time to Pay’ arrangements may also be available for eligible people who cannot to afford to pay their tax in one lump sum — Taxfile would be happy to tell you more.

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Final day to submit your Self-Assessment tax return

Today is the Tax Return Deadline!

TODAY is the Self-Assessment tax return deadline!

[As at 31 January 2024]: The 31st January is THE FINAL DEADLINE by which you need to file your Self Assessment tax return with HMRC. If you miss(ed) that deadline (11.59pm on 31st), you risk a £100 HMRC fine right away plus other significant penalties thereafter. Interest will also be charged from 1 February if tax is not paid by midnight on 31 January (rules apply).

Time is running out, so contact Taxfile for help with your tax return as soon as possible please. Book an appointment* with one of our helpful tax advisors and accountancy experts TODAY and we’ll make filling in and submitting your tax return simple!

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We’ll make filling in and submitting your tax return easy!

Don’t leave it to the last minute as there is always a bottleneck — come in as soon as you can, please, for professional help with filing of your tax return. We’ll require your records and figures for the financial year 6 April 2022 to 5 April 2023 unless you have a different accounting period. Plus any previous years not yet submitted, if applicable.

* As well as a face-to-face meeting, we can do a ‘virtual’ meeting with you, for example using Zoom video, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts — or whatever suits you best.

It doesn’t matter if you have zero tax to pay – you still need to submit your tax return.

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* Please note: in busy times like January, a deposit may be required before appointments commence.

Taxfile is Open on Sunday Mornings in January — Perfect for 2022-23 Tax Returns

We’re Open on Sunday Mornings in January — Perfect for 2022-23 Tax Returns

Taxfile is Open on Sunday Mornings in January — Perfect for 2022-23 Tax Returns

With the self-assessment tax return deadline almost upon us, we are opening our Tulse Hill office* on Sunday mornings, 9 am to 1 pm, for the remainder of January. That’s as well as the previously announced Saturday morning opening during the same hours. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss your tax return with us or bring in figures and records without having to disturb your working week. Weekend time slots are limited, though, so please book a free 20-minute appointment as soon as possible if you’d like to visit.

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If you’re self-employed in the UK, you need to file a self-assessment tax return each year. It’s not only the self-employed, though. If you are on a higher income* or receive untaxed income from property rental, savings, investments, or dividends, you also have to submit a return. Getting all the fields filled in properly and the figures right can sometimes be difficult, though. That’s where professional help will be worth its weight in gold. But what information will your accountant or tax advisor need from you? That’s what today’s post is all about, and we’ll explain exactly what information you’ll need to supply.

* (Those earning more than £100,000 currently, or over £150,000 from next year). Read more

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Taxfile is open on Saturday mornings in January, by appointment. Saturdays might be useful if you need to see us for your 2022/23 tax return, or any other accountancy work, but can’t do it on a weekday. Saturday slots are limited; there are only 4 Saturdays available in January and opening times will be from 9am until 1pm. So, please book in today if a weekend appointment suits you — before slots are all taken. Late appointments are also available on Mondays, when we open until 6pm, or choose any other weekday if you can come earlier. Please see the footer of our website for latest opening times.

Book in on 0208 761 8000 or book your appointment online (here). We are happy to do virtual (video/phone) or physical appointments at our Tulse Hill office in Thurlow Park Road — whichever suits you best. Read more

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Do you have different accounting dates from the standard 6th of April to the 5th of Apri?

If you answered YES to both questions, some IMPORTANT changes will apply for the tax year 2023-24.

The concept of the basis period determines the time frame used to calculate taxable profits or losses for self-employed individuals, partnerships, and some trusts.  It marks a departure from the traditional “current year” basis, where business profits were taxed based on the accounting period ending within the tax year. Instead, it introduces a “tax year” basis, aligning taxable profits with the UK’s standard tax year, running from 6 April to 5 April. Read more

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As we approach retirement, ensuring a comfortable financial future becomes a top priority. The state pension, a crucial source of retirement income, is dependent on the number of qualifying years of National Insurance (NI) contributions you have made. While gaps in your NI record can diminish your state pension entitlement, there’s a solution: voluntary NI contributions.

To receive the full state pension, you need 35 qualifying years of NI contributions. These years typically accumulate as you work, with contributions automatically deducted from your salary. However, there may be instances where you may not have earned enough to make mandatory NI contributions, leading to gaps in your record. Read more

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Value Added Tax (VAT), a consumption tax levied on most goods and services in the UK, plays a significant role in the nation’s economy. Whether you’re a sole trader, limited company business owner or simply a curious consumer, understanding VAT is crucial for navigating the UK’s tax system effectively. Today’s comprehensive guide explains what it is, the various VAT rates, when you need to be registered for the tax, VAT schemes, and more. Read more