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What is a P60?

A P60 is a statement outlining the tax and national insurance (NI) contributions you’ve paid over the previous tax year. If you're an employee, you'll receive one at the end of each tax year. 

For example, the P60 you’ll receive in 2020 will show the tax and NI you’ve paid over the 2019/2020 financial year. 

It’s important to keep this end of year certificate safe in case you ever have to prove the amount of tax or NI you've paid in the past. If you’ve lost your P60, you should be able to ask your employer for another copy. 

When do you get a P60?

You should receive your P60 from your employer by 31 May at the latest. You’ll either receive a paper copy or an electronic version. If your employer hasn’t given you a P60 by that date, ask for it.

How do you get a P60?

Your P60 is put together by your employer after the end of the financial year – which runs from 6 April to 5 April. 

If you have more than one job, you’ll receive a P60 from each of your employers.1

Why do you need a P60?

If you think you’ve paid too much tax, you can use your P60 to check. You may also need it as proof of income if you’re looking to apply for a loan or mortgage. Or, you could need it if you’re applying for tax credits.1

What to do if your P60 looks incorrect?

If you think your P60 is wrong or contains the wrong information, you’ll need to contact Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

What's the difference between a P45 and a P60?

You’ll only get a P45 when you leave your job. So if you leave a job during the tax year, it’ll show your income and everything you’ve paid in tax for that part of the tax year. Whereas a P60 gives an overview of the whole tax year.

Your P60 can’t be used instead of a P45 when starting a new job. If you haven’t received a P45, your new place of work may have another form you can fill in instead.

Do you get a P60 if you're self-employed?

P60s are issued by an employer, so you will not receive one if you’re self-employed. 

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