Welcome to the Tax Help 'Tax Information Centre'. We aim to provide basic information on the UK tax system and how to deal with HM Revenue & Customs (‘HMRC’).
This part of the website gives general tax information including:
Understanding the UK tax system will help you to check that you are paying the right amount of tax. You should not assume that the tax authorities – HM Revenue & Customs (‘HMRC’) – will do this for you.
Paying the right tax means that you get the right amount of money in your pocket.
What is tax and how is it collected. Information about taxation on retirement and at bereavement. What documents are you legally required to collect.
What Income is taxable and what are tax allowances? Tax rates and bands in table format.
What is PAYE and how does it work? Your tax code and the checks you should carry out.
PAYE tax calculations. What to do if your employer or pension provider gets it wrong. What if the taxman makes a mistake?
How to claim through PAYE, or self assessment. How to get back excessive tax paid on savings income or when cashing in a small pension. And should you trust tax refund companies?
How to complain and if you're unhappy with the result, how to appeal. What happens if you simply cannot pay?
Many people who are unable to pay their tax on time or who find themselves owing tax will worry about the potential consequences, but the worst thing is to ignore the matter.
General questions that we hear all the time about tax, tax rates, allowances and how to deal with HMRC.