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Income breakdown
Net pay
£3.1k
Income tax
£608
NI
£404
Gross pay
£4,083
Income tax
£608
NI contributions
£404
Net pay
£3,071

How your income tax is calculated

There are two main components that are taken off your gross pay –
income tax and national insurance contributions made by your employer.

In your case when you earn £4,083:

Income tax breakdown

You pay no income tax on first £1,042 that you make

You pay £608 at basic income tax rate (20%) on the next £3,042

National insurance contributions breakdown

No contributions on the first £719 that you make

You pay £404 in contributions (at 12%) on the next £3,364 that you make

Common questions

You’re not alone. If you’ve got a question about tax we’ve probably heard it before and have an answer, or we can walk you through what to do.

More self-service guides and FAQs

The UK tax year for individuals starts April 6th and ends April 5th of the following year. From then, you have until January 31st to complete your online tax return for the previous tax year.

More on tax dates can be found here

Most people in full-time jobs who only have PAYE income never have to bother with tax returns.

The only times when you need to submit a Self Assessment tax return are:

If you’re not sure which one applies to you, read our guide to who needs to file a tax return here – it’s a long list

The tax code is just a series of numbers and letters that tells HMRC how much tax you should be paying.

The numbers in your tax code tell your employer or pension provider how much tax-free income you are entitled to in that tax year.

The most common one for 2019/20 will be 1250L:

  • 1250 because the Personal Allowance in 2019/20 is £12,500
  • L for the standard Personal Allowance

If you take a second job, then you don’t get a personal allowance for this one, so you need to make sure that the job that pays you the most is the one with “L” and not “BR”.

You can read more about tax codes and what they mean here

There are many tax-free allowances in the UK:

  • everyone in the UK is entitled to £12,500 tax-free income – this is called the Personal Allowance
  • if you made any capital gains (sold shares, property, etc.), the first £12,000 is tax-free
  • first £2,000 from dividends is also tax-free
  • same with the first £5,000 from savings interest (although it can be less – it depends on your tax band)

There are also a few tax-free allowances you can claim instead of expenses:

  • you can claim £7,500 if you rent out a room from your own home
  • you can also claim £1,000 if you are self-employed or a landlord
  • if you earn under these amounts you don’t even need to declare them

You can see a full list of tax-free allowances here

 

When it comes to Self Assessment mistakes, we’ve seen them all. Here are a few you’ll want to avoid:

  • Not knowing deadlines and key dates
  • Forgetting about tax reliefs you can claim
  • Forgetting about Payment on Account
  • Getting your tax code wrong
  • Not including total income and benefits from PAYE

Read more about these and other mistakes you can avoid

 

Need help filing a personal tax return?

Figuring out how much tax you owe on your income is hard.

Filing a personal tax return without making a mistake is even harder.

At TaxScouts, we do it for you online, fast, and for just £119, all in.

How it works

1. Answer a few simple questions

And we mean a few. After a couple of minutes of answering questions online we’ll have everything we need to start working on your tax return.

2. Then get paired with a tax accountant

That’s right, you’ll be matched with a real accountant who is best suited to prepare your return. Plus, they’re on hand for questions whenever you need.

3. We file your Self Assessment for you

Once you’ve signed off your return, your TaxScouts accountant will file your return online with HMRC. That’s it! We told you it was simple.