Does HMRC Owe You Thousands?

The latest data release by tax specialists, RIFT Tax Refunds, has revealed that while the 2023/24 financial year has been and gone, the average taxpayer could be owed as much as £1,562 by HMRC.

This total has increased by 6.6% over the last year alone.

RIFT analysed its own internal data looking at the average refund secured by the nation’s taxpayers and how this sum has changed.


And back-refunds too

However, what many people don’t realise is that it’s not only possible to claim a tax refund for the last tax year but you can back-date this claim for up to the last four years, with the average four year refund currently sitting at just over £3,000 according to RIFT.

With the 2023/24 financial year having now come to an end as of 5 April this year, it means that anyone who hasn’t claimed a tax refund for the 2019/20 financial year is now unable to do so. But they are still well within their rights to claim for the last four tax years before next year’s April deadline.


Why might HMRC owe you money?

You may be owed a tax refund for a range of reasons, such as overpaying tax via PAYE, however, the most common reasons are for expenses incurred while working. These can range from fuel costs to accommodation, as well as any work-related uniform expenses incurred.

While anyone could be owed a tax refund, construction is one of the most common sectors along with security, offshore and the army.


Construction workers owed the largest refunds

In fact, in 2023 it was construction workers who were owed the most by HMRC, with the average one-year tax refund claim coming in at £1,125, having increased by 3.7% year on year.

Unfortunately, HMRC isn’t as quick to return money as it is to take it and the tax refund process can be a laborious, complicated and confusing one. That’s why professional tax refund agents, such as RIFT, are on hand to help.


Get professional help

RIFT has been helping UK taxpayers with their tax refund since 1999, helping over 140,000 workers claim back over £387m from HMRC. Picking the right agent is key and it’s always important to be aware of any fees you will be charged before you begin the process.

Bradley Post, MD of RIFT Tax Refunds, says:  “Despite a drop in inflation, the cost of living remains a substantial obstacle for many to overcome on a month to month basis and households across the nation are yet to see the cost of their monthly outgoings drop.

“What many don’t know is that they could be owed a sizable refund from HMRC and what’s more, this refund can be back-dated for up to four years.

”So while this year’s tax deadline has been and gone, there’s still time to apply ahead of next year to ensure you don’t miss out on another year’s refund, a refund which is rightfully yours.”


Picture: Does HMRC owe you thousands? RIFT Tax Refunds can help you find out and get you what you are rightfully owed.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
31st May 2024


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