How long do tax refunds take?


The amount of time it takes for a tax refund claim to be processed and then paid is typically between 8-12 weeks.


The length of time generally depends on the tax office and what type of tax refund claim you are making – as naturally the more extensive and complicated claims will take longer to process.


Here at Your Tax Refund we expedite your tax refund claim and try to get it settled as quickly as possible. We aim to collect all the relevant information relating to your claim, get it organised and then submitted to HMRC within just 10 days of receiving your initial query.

How to make your tax refund claim go faster


The best way to speed up your tax rebate claim is to make sure you don’t submit it during HMRC’s typically busy periods. HMRC tend to be at their busiest around the self-assessment tax return deadline of 31 January, and the tax credit renewals deadline at the end of July.


If you submit your claim close to these time periods then it is likely that it could take a bit longer to be processed and paid, so if you can avoid doing so it would greatly speed up the whole process.


When you submit your claim details to us we will be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate of how long your claim will take. As we work with HMRC on a daily basis we get regular updates and insights about their current workload so we can provide accurate estimates about expected timescales for a number of different HMRC enquiries such as tax rebate claims, changing tax codes, creating new tax accounts etc…


Some other factors that can help speed up your claim include…


  • Before we can send your claim to HMRC we need the 64-8 form signed and returned to us – as these confirm to HMRC that we are authorised to act on your behalf. Therefore the quicker you get these signed and sent back to us, the quicker we can progress your claim.


  • If you are self-employed then you need a UTR (unique taxpayer reference) number before making any claim – so if you have already registered with HMRC as self employed and have your UTR number then the process will be much quicker. If you haven’t got a UTR number yet then you will need to apply for one, which can add an extra two weeks or so to the claim process.


  • Similarly to the 64-8 form, the quicker you can send any supporting documentation to us then the quicker we can calculate and submit your claim. The sort of documentation we may require will depend on the type of claim you are making, but can include receipts for work expenses/petrol, records of subscription payments and so on. The more accurate the information we have to present to HMRC, the quicker it will all get accepted and refunded.

For more details apply online or call 0333 240 6122

How long will it take to receive payment from HMRC?


For most types of tax refund, the payment process all moves quite quickly once the claimed amount has been approved by HMRC. It may take anywhere up to 12 weeks for them to work through your claim and approve it, but then the payment should arrive between 3-5 workings days – depending on whether you want to be paid via a bank transfer or via a cheque / ‘payable order’.


What is a HMRC ‘payable order’?


One of the ways HMRC pays out tax refunds is via a payable order. This is very similar to a traditional cheque and can either be posted directly to you or to your bank to process.


HMRC will try and pay out refunds using a payable order within 5 weeks, but it can often take a lot longer depending on their caseload and the complexity of your claim.

For more details apply online or call 0333 240 6122