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5 million paid the wrong tax last year – is your tax code right?

 

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As reported last year by the Telegraph

Five million people may have been billed incorrectly by HMRC.

You’ll find your tax code on:

  • your pay slip
  • your PAYE Coding Notice – you usually get this a couple of months before the start of the tax year and you may also get one if something has changed but not everyone needs to get one
  • form P60 – you get this at the end of each tax year
  • form P45 – you get this when you leave a job

Among those most likely to be affected are veterans who have taken a civilian job after leaving the Armed Forces, but who also draw a military pension. Pensioners with two pensions and those who have continued to work part-time after retirement are also more likely to be hit.

Taxpayers, who must complete their self-assessment tax returns before Jan 31, are being warned to check their paperwork again to make sure they are not affected.

Problems arise because various tax offices around Britain are failing to share information about taxpayers’ incomes on a central database.

People with more than one income, whether from pensions, PAYE employment or a mixture of the two, are being allocated their personal tax-free allowance multiple times. It means the tax codes issued for their various income sources are incorrect, so not enough tax is taken. Often the mistakes are discovered by HMRC years later, leading to unexpected tax demands. Telegraph

If you think your Tax Code is wrong you should tell HMRC as soon as possible using online form P2

https://online.hmrc.gov.uk/shortforms/form/P2

You can check how your tax using this HMRC link

https://www.gov.uk/check-income-tax

The most common tax code for tax year 2015 to 2016 is 1060L (£10,600 being the annual income tax free allowance for 2015/16) – in 2014 to 2015 it was 1000L. It’s used for most people born after 5 April 1938 with one job and no untaxed income, unpaid tax or taxable benefits (eg company car).

steve@bicknells.net

HMRC are going to let you tell them your tax code…

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It’s true, from April 2014, you can tell HMRC what you think your code should be by explaining why you think its wrong, here is a link to the HMRC structured E Mail

HMRC Link

This form can only be used for queries relating to your PAYE Coding Notice. Any other queries will not be answered.

HMRC aim to respond within 15 days of receiving your E Mail.

Checking your tax code

You’ll find your tax code on:

  • your pay slip
  • your PAYE Coding Notice – you usually get this a couple of months before the start of the tax year and you may also get one if something has changed but not everyone needs to get one
  • form P60 – you get this at the end of each tax year
  • form P45 – you get this when you leave a job

Your tax code can be wrong for lots of reasons so being able to sent a structured E Mail to HMRC should help to get things corrected faster.

steve@bicknells.net

Are you coding your VAT entries correctly?

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When you enter transactions its important to use the right tax code otherwise your VAT returns are likely to either need adjustment or contain errors, but often when entering transactions your software won’t tell you what the codes mean, here is a list of Sage codes:

 

T0 Zero rated transactions
T1 Standard rate
T2 Exempt transactions
T4 Sales of goods to VAT registered customers in EC
T5 Lower rate
T7 Zero-rated purchases of goods from suppliers in EC
T8 Standard-rated purchases of goods from suppliers in EC
T9 Transactions not involving VAT
T20 Sales and purchases of reverse charges
T22 Sales of services to VAT registered customers in EC
T23 Zero-rated purchases of services from suppliers in EC
T24 Standard-rated purchases of services from suppliers in EC
T25 Flat rate accounting scheme, purchase and sale of individual capital items > £2,000

 

There are different rates of VAT, depending on the type of goods or services your business provides. At the moment there are three different rates. They are:

  • standard rate – 20 per cent
  • reduced rate – 5 per cent
  • zero rate – 0 per cent

You can check which rate to use on the HMRC Website http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/forms-rates/rates/rates.htm

UK supplier who aren’t VAT registered would use T9 in Sage.

steve@bicknells.net

 

 

 

 

 

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