Sometimes some a tax payer will have their tax return amended by HMRC after it was submitted. This is a normal thing and nothing to worry about. As it means that HMRC are checking to make sure the information on the tax return matches with the information they hold from other sources e.g. PAYE, CIS etc.
An example is if your tax return did not mention a former employer in the tax year and HMRC records show there was a former employer and some income and tax paid at that employer may affect the bottom final tax figure. This means there could be a difference in the final amount of tax due or refund due from HMRC to you.
Sometimes this is not even your fault as you may have handed the new employer your P45 from the previous employer and the new employer should have start your PAYE using the P45 income and tax figures and carry forward from there, but for a number of reasons the new employer could not do this and therefore the tax code is set on a default standard code meaning you have received 2 lots of tax free allowance in a year. When this happens towards the end of the tax year (April) HMRC cannot send a notice to amend the tax code to the employer in time to adjust the over / under paid tax. So, they wait instead for the information to be included in the tax return to automatically update with the full info for the year.
Therefore it's not a problem but a normal procedure by HMRC to ensure a tax payer is correctly aligned with their records held and their tax paid is correct. Unfortunately for a tax payer, sometimes this means handing back some of a tax refund as paid by HMRC previously or having a higher tax bill at the end of the tax year.
By Anni Khan at Tax Affinity Accountants
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