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What does paying your tax bill through PAYE actually mean?
Paying your tax bill through PAYE is when your tax bill is taken from your salary (or pension) in monthly instalments, along with your usual tax deductions, instead of paying a lump sum.
Whether you pay Self Assessment tax through PAYE, through your salary or through your tax code, they all mean the same thing. They’re interchangeable, so we’ll refer to all three throughout this guide in the name of fairness.
Your employer does this automatically for you based on your tax code and sends any taxes you owe directly to HMRC. Phew, no work for you. Well, tax-wise anyway.
Your tax code is a series of numbers and letters that tells HMRC the amount of tax you should be paying. The numbers correspond to tax-free income you’re entitled to or money you’re paying back to HMRC. The letters are (usually) linked to any allowances you’re claiming or emergency tax.
Use our tax code calculator to make sure you’re on the right one.
There are three main components that determine your tax code:
To be eligible to pay tax via PAYE or your tax code, there are a few requirements. You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?
To pay your tax bill, you must file a Self Assessment tax return.
Your tax code will change if you opt to pay your Self Assessment tax through PAYE. HMRC will send you a letter and your employer will get a tax code notice, also called a P6.
As a TaxScouts user, you can always check your online account or speak to your accountant if you have any questions.
It’s all great learning about another way to file, but what are the benefits of paying this way?
Here are a few that might sway you to consider when you pay Self Assessment tax in the future:
Yep, there’s a deadline. There’s always a deadline.
You need to file your Self Assessment tax return by 30th December to be able to opt into paying your tax bill through PAYE.
If you miss this deadline, don’t panic. You can still file your tax return until the 31st of January without any late fines or penalties. The only catch is that you’ll have to pay your tax bill in a lump sum.
That’s what we’re here for!
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