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06 Dec 2012

Written by Liam

Over 30 years experience in financial services, residential lettings and property sales. Director of a leading national estate agency chain, until leaving in 2008 to pursue other commercial interests. Vast experience in new business development, business change, management development and business strategy.

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Two jobs? Avoid this tax trap

Most people have just one tax code which their employer uses to calculate the tax to be deducted from their pay. However, some people may have more than one tax code

You might have more than one tax code if:

  • you have  two or more jobs at the same time
  • income from more than one pension
  • income from a combination of pension(s) and job(s)
Understanding tax codes from different jobs and pensions
  • you should get a separate tax code for each job or pension
  • your personal allowance will normally apply to main job or pension
  • if you pay basic rate tax (20%) you will be given a 'BR' code for your second job or pension and pay basic rate tax on that income
  • if you pay higher rate tax (40%) you will be given a 'D0' code for your second job or pension and pay higher rate tax rate (40%) on that income
  • if you pay additional rate tax (50%) you will be given a 'D1' code for your second job or pension and you will pay additional rate tax on that income
Avoid paying too much tax by sharing your allowance
  • if you are not using up all your allowance on your main job then you should inform HMRC to use what is left on your second job or pension
  • failure to do this could result in you paying too much tax
If you want to understand more about tax codes then visit HMRC

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