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  • Child Benefit one more week payment

    Dear Home Office, I am filling my self assessment for tax year of 23-24, and one question asks how much child benefit my partner received. The form's calculator gives a figure automaticcally, based on the starting date (mid of 2023) and ending date (5/4/24) we received child benefit during the past tax year. However, the calculated figure in the form does not match the actual child benefit we received. The reason is we received a payment of child benefit on/around 29 March, i.e. the last payment we received for tax year of 23-24, and the next payment we received was near end of April, which falled into the new tax year of 24-25. The form calculated child benefit figure, however, added one more week of payment between 29/03 and 05/04, which we did not receive. So for the purpose of filling my SA, should I answer the question on how much child benefit we received for tax year 23-24 using the form calculated figure which adds one extra week of payment that we never received? Or should I put the actual payment we received which excludes the one week payment between 29/03 and 05/04? Thank you.
  • Question on PAYE Notice of Coding

    Dear HMRC I am currently filling my self assessment for financial year 2023-2024, and the online SA form asks me the following two questions: 1. "Amount of underpaid tax for earlier years included in your tax code for 2023-24 (from your PAYE Notice of Coding)" 2. "Amount of estimated underpaid tax for 6 April 2023 to 5 April 2024 to be included in your PAYE tax code for 6 April 2024 to 5 April 2025 (from your PAYE Notice of Coding)." I do have some underpaid tax for the financial year 2022-23, and HMRC has already been automatically collecting this owed tax after changing my tax code in summer 2023, and I was notified by an online message in my Personal Tax online account about this. I did not receive a paper form of PAYE Notice of Coding letter during summer 2023. In the beginning of tax year 2024-2025, I reported to HMRC about some gift aid donations I made during tax year of 2022-2023, and therefore HMRC once again modified my tax code in summer 2024 to show the correct owed tax amount for my tax year of 2022-2023, and I again received a new message in my online personal tax account notifying me the change of my tax code. Again I did not receive any paper form of PAYE Notice of Coding letter for this. So in order to answer the above two SA form questions on underpaid tax, for question no. 1 should I put the owed tax amount as shown in the old online HMRC message sent to me in summer 2023? Or should I put the more accurate and correct owed tax amount as shown in the new online HMRC message sent to me in summer 2024 for question 1? My tax code in summer 2023 and summer 2024 were different due to the above two changes of my tax code. And since I only owed HMRC some tax for the financial year of 2022-2023, should I put "zero" for the above question 2? Many thanks in advance.
  • RE: Child Benefit for higher earning parent

    Dear HMRC Admin 19 Thank you for your kind reply, much appreciated! Another question is: my partner also receives tax free childcare to pay afterschool clubs for our child, and as I am the higher earning parent, do I need to declare this tax free childcare somewhere in my self assessment form? My partner applied for the tax free childcare account in the 2023-2024 tax year, and got approved in 2024-2025 tax year, and haven't started to put money in their account yet. And my partner does not need to fill a SA. Thanks again.
  • RE: Tax Relief via Gift Aid

    Dear HMRC Admin 20, Thank you so much for your explanation, understood. I have started filling my SA, and one more question I have is: (1) I also have savings interest from multiple bank accounts, and the total gross interest before tax I received for tax year 2023-2024 was above 500 pounds. As I pay 40% income tax rate, would I need to pay tax on my gross savings interest? I am going to declare my gross savings interest in my SA, but I thought my banks would also submit the interests I received to HMRC automatically, so would I be double charged tax on my gross savings interest? (2) Another general question - if one (a friend of mine) has some miscellaneous income (e.g., online and offline tutoring, helping doing some gardening work) less than 1,000 pounds in total within a tax year, no matter the income is within UK or from overseas, would they need to register to fill a SA for this lower-than-1000 pounds income, or declare this income in their SA form if they already need to fill one? Their overseas income (less than a few hundred pounds if converted to pound sterling) always stays overseas and never paid into their UK bank accounts. Thanks again.
  • Child Benefit for higher earning parent

    Dear HMRC, I registered for my first ever self assessment recently, as I am now requested by HMRC website to pay some tax back, because my partner now receives child benefit and I am the higher earning parent and also above the 50k threshold for 2023-2024. I am now requested by HMRC website to fill in a self-assessment to pay some tax back for 2023-2024 financial year. While I am still waiting for my unique tax code to arrive in order for me to fill in my SA form, may I ask the following two questions? (1) The HRMC website said I should deduct the gift aid donations I made in the past financial year of 23-24 from my total 23-24 income, in order to calculate how much tax I need to pay back HMRC for child benefit purposes. So in my SA form, how should I declare this total gift aid donations I made? Should I put the donation amount somewhere in the form? Or should I simply put my total 23-24 income AFTER my gift aid donations being deducted? (2) As I pay 40% income tax rate, I was also told by HMRC website that I could also claim 20% tax relief for my gift aid donations made, and I could do so by filling my SA form, so should I declare my gift aid donations made in the past financial year somewhere in my SA form in order to claim the 20% tax relief? If so, should I also deduct this gift aid donations from my total income for child benefit tax repayment purposes? Or in this case, should I no longer deduct my gift aid donations from my total income for child benefit tax repayment, as I am already claiming the 20% tax relief on the same donations as I pay 40% tax rate? Please could you answer my above two questions? Thank you.
  • Tax Relief via Gift Aid

    Dear HMRC, I registered for my first ever self assessment recently, as I am now requested by HMRC website to pay some tax back, because my partner now receives child benefit and I am the higher earning parent and also above the 50k threshold for 2023-2024. I am now requested by HMRC website to fill in a self-assessment to pay some tax back for 2023-2024 financial year. While I am still waiting for my unique tax code to arrive in order for me to fill in my SA form, may I ask the following two questions? (1) The HRMC website said I should deduct the gift aid donations I made in the past financial year of 23-24 from my total 23-24 income, in order to calculate how much tax I need to pay back HMRC for child benefit purposes. So in my SA form, how should I declare this total gift aid donations I made? Should I put the donation amount somewhere in the form? Or should I simply put my total 23-24 income AFTER my gift aid donations being deducted? (2) As I pay 40% income tax rate, I was also told by HMRC website that I could also claim 20% tax relief for my gift aid donations made, and I could do so by filling my SA form, so should I declare my gift aid donations made in the past financial year somewhere in my SA form in order to claim the 20% tax relief? If so, should I also deduct this gift aid donations from my total income for child benefit tax repayment purposes? Or in this case, should I no longer deduct my gift aid donations from my total income for child benefit tax repayment, as I am already claiming the 20% tax relief on the same donations as I pay 40% tax rate? Please could you answer my above two questions? Thank you. When estimating