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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. You’ll either get a paper copy or an electronic version.

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?

Your employer should give you your P60 by 31 May at the latest. If they haven't done so by that date, ask for it.

How do you get a P60?

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

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

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.

What should you do if your P60 looks incorrect?

If you think your P60 is wrong, you’ll need to contact HM Revenue & 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, it’ll show your income and everything you’ve paid in tax up to that point in the tax year. 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 won't get one if you’re self-employed.