Tax Rebate Calculator - Claim your 2020 tax rebate

When you claim your annual tax rebate with RIFT, the only thing you need to do is decide how to spend it. Our calculator gives you an instant estimate of the money you’ll get back from HMRC and it's free to find out. In April this year we claimed over £5 million pounds in tax rebates for our customers! 

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* Please note this calculation is based on an estimate and using the information you provided. Contact us for an exact calculation of your HMRC tax refund.

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How to use your tax rebate estimate

Armed with your tax rebate estimate, you’re all set to start claiming back what you’re owed. The first step is to get in touch with us and kick off your RIFT tax refund claim.

With a few details about your work and circumstances, we’ll be able to make sure you’re getting back everything the taxman owes you. We’ll set you up with a Personal Tax Specialist to crunch the numbers, gather the information and build you a completely bulletproof claim.

As soon as you’re happy with the amount you’re claiming, we’ll roll up our sleeves and dive into the paperwork. The RIFT service doesn’t stop when we submit your claim to HMRC, though. With RIFT, you’ll get year-round aftercare and peace of mind with no extra charges to worry about. At the same time, we’ll chase the taxman for you until your claim’s paid out in full.

Most importantly, we’ll keep you in the loop throughout the whole process. Our free RIFT app lets you track your claim every step of the way and check your payout date at any time. Meanwhile, you can always get in touch by phone or email with any questions you have about your tax rebate.

Your free MyRIFT account means you can check and update any key information and tell us how you want your tax rebate paid. MyRIFT puts it all at your fingertips, instantly and anywhere.

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Our guarantee means you'll never lose a penny

The RIFT Guarantee means you've got no worries about the taxman. As long as the information you've given us is correct, you're completely protected against HMRC inquiries about your tax rebate claim. If HMRC ever dug its heels in and demanded some of your refund payout back, we'd pay them ourselves at no cost to you! That's the magic of the RIFT Guarantee, protecting both you and your refund cash.

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HMRC Timescales

How long will it take my HMRC tax rebate to come?

With 7 specialist tax refund teams working on your rebate claim, we'll get it calculated, checked and on the taxman's desk fast.  HMRC tends to take between 8-10 weeks to handle a typical tax refund claim, so it's a great idea not to leave yours until the last minute.  The sooner we have your information, the sooner you'll get your tax rebate.

If you've missed out on claiming before, it still might not be too ate to get back what you're owed.  You can claim back overpaid tax for up to 4 years, with the tax year ticking over on the 6th April.  Anything you're still owed after 4 tax years roll by, is lost forever.

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Using the RIFT tax rebate calculator to work out your tax

It only takes a few moments to use the rebate calculator. Just tell us a bit about the work and mileage you’re doing, and whether you’re self-employed or working PAYE. It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling via public transport or your own vehicle. If you’re paying for the journeys yourself we’ll give you an estimate of what you’re owed.

Depending on your situation and the work expenses you’re claiming for, you might need to file a Self Assessment tax return to get your tax rebate. Our calculator will let you know if you do, and RIFT will take care of it as part of our service.

Keep in mind that tax refunds aren’t some kind of prize or dodgy way of “cheating the system”. This is your money and it should be back in your own pocket. Don’t be sad if the calculator says you’re not owed anything. That’s actually good news. It means the taxman’s been playing fair and you haven’t overpaid.

Very rarely, you might find yourself actually owing extra cash to HMRC. This is never fun, but when it happens you need to move fast to fix the problem. The calculator will give you a heads-up about this as well.

An average tax refund claimed with RIFT stacks up to £1,631, and if you’ve missed claiming before your rebate could cover up to 4 tax years! The rules for important things like your tax-free Personal Allowance change over time, so the calculator handles each year separately to give you the clearest and most accurate estimate possible.

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Working out your PAYE take-home pay?

When you pay your tax through the Pay As You Earn system, HMRC takes a bite out of your money before you even get it.  The cash the taxman grabs this way goes toward your Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions, pension contributions and any Student Loan repayments your making.  What you actually take home after all that is based on your tax-free Personal Allowance.

Pretty much everyone qualifies for some kind of Personal Allowance. Your allowance shows up in your tax code and determines how much you can earn before the taxman gets his cut. For the 2020/21 tax year, for example, the standard Personal Allowance is £12,500. Anything you earn up to that threshold is tax-free.

After you’ve used up your Personal Allowance, you move into the basic rate Income Tax bracket. If your earnings are high enough, the top end of them might push into the higher rate, meaning even more tax comes gets taken. Looking again at the 2020/21 tax year, the “tax bands” look like this:

  • Up to £12,500: 0%
  • £12,501 to £50,000: 20% (basic rate)
  • £50,001 to £150,000: 40% (higher rate)
  • £150,001 or more: 45%

With your Income Tax out of the way, you've got National Insurance Contributions (NICs) to consider.  Your NICs go toward things like keeping up your State Pension eligibility, and  the 2020/21 thresholds looks like this:

  • Earnings under £9,500 a year: 0%
  • Earnings between £9,500 and £50,000 a year: 12%
  • Anything over £50,000 a year: 2%

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Are tax calculations only based on earnings?

No.  In fact, there are  quite a few things that can affect the tax you owe each year.  Here are just a couple of examples.

  • Married Couples Allowance, for married couples where one spouse was born before the 6th of April 1935. Couples born after would use Marriage Allowance instead, where one spouse transfers part of their Personal Allowance to the other. This can be useful if either of you isn’t getting the full benefit of your Personal Allowance.
  • Registered blind people can get a boost to the tax-free portion of their income, on top of their normal Personal Allowance.

How much tax you owe can also change according to the NICs or Student Loan payments you’re making, or if you’re earning any money overseas. The tax rules are different, for instance, for people working abroad for foreign employers than for full-time UK workers.

The other things you need to know about are your tax code and Personal Allowance. Your tax code is a string of numbers and letters that HMRC uses to work out your tax calculations. Tax codes cover your Personal Allowance and any special circumstances affecting your tax situation. It’s really important the make sure your tax code is correct – which is why RIFT will always check it for you and get it fixed if it’s wrong.

If you’re making any “salary sacrifices” in order to get benefits from your boss, the tax you owe can be affected. The same goes for any contributions you’ve made to a pension plan. It’s always worth double-checking on details like these, so RIFT takes special care with them.

This brings us to the main reason why people end up being owed an HMRC tax rebate. While the taxman generally does a good job of calculating what you owe, he can only work with the information he has to hand. The tax rules say you can get tax relief when you’re shelling out from your own pocket for many of the essentials of your work. However, HMRC isn’t a mind reader and won’t know what you’re spending unless you tell it. If you’re paying for things like travel to temporary workplaces (where you work for less than 24 months), for instance, you need to make a tax rebate claim to get your money back. That’s exactly what RIFT is here to help with, and our tax rebate calculator’s the perfect way to start.


Self-Employment and The Construction Industry Scheme

Self-employed people generally don’t pay their tax through the PAYE system. Instead, they submit yearly Self Assessment tax returns to report their earnings and expenses to HMRC. The Self Assessment rules allow you to count many essential expenses against the profits you’re being taxed on, bringing your tax bill down.

However, there’s a special system for the building trade called the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). Under CIS, your contractor has to hack off a whopping 20% chunk of your pay before handing the rest over. That missing chunk goes straight to the taxman. This can be a real pain for many construction workers, who end up not getting the full benefit of their tax-free Personal Allowances. Don’t worry, though, with RIFT’s help you’ll never find yourself losing out to HMRC.

Another thing self-employed people need to look out for is the NICs they’re being charged. The National Insurance rules are different when you work for yourself – but again, RIFT will make sure you never get tripped up.

Claiming tax back

Claiming a tax rebate

Using the RIFT tax rebate calculator is the best start you could give your HMRC refund claim. Whatever industry you work in, whether you’re self-employed or taxed PAYE, you’ll get an instant estimate of what you’re owed. With that calculation as a launch pad, you can sit back and watch the fireworks as RIFT takes care of the whole process for you. With RIFT, it’s all simple, low-stress and hassle-free.

There really is no good reason to leave your cash in HMRC’s pockets. Fire up our refund calculator and let RIFT get back what’s yours!

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Work mileage and tax rebates

Travel to temporary worksites is one of the main reasons why people end up being owed tax rebates each year. That’s what makes the RIFT tax rebate calculator such a great tool for launching a refund claim.

The basic system works like this: HMRC has decided on a set of Approved Mileage Allowance Payment (AMAP) rates for essential work travel. If you’re footing the bill for public transport or travel in your own vehicle to a temporary workplace, the taxman says you can be reimbursed up to the appropriate AMAP rate. If you’re getting nothing toward your travel from your employer, or getting less than the AMAP rate you qualify for, you can claim back the difference as a tax rebate.

Cars and vans:

  • 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles.
  • 25p per mile after that.


  • 24p per mile.


  • 20p per mile.

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Does all my work travel count for a mileage claim calculation?

The taxman really doesn’t like it when people try to claim tax relief they haven’t earned. That’s where RIFT’s hard-won expertise really comes in. When HMRC talks about temporary workplaces, he essentially means places you work for less than 24 months on the trot. Depending on your work, that could mean anything from a building site or an Army base right the way through to an offshore oil rig. Only sites you’re working at for less than 24 months count, so a daily commute to a permanent office won’t score you a tax refund.

Having said that, the tax rules are full of strange little wrinkles and exemptions. Again, having RIFT backing your claim up with solid proof and in-depth understanding of the tax laws makes all the difference. With our help, you’ll always get the most from your tax rebate – and stay in HMRC’s good books at the same time!

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Need more help?

Wondering if you can claim a tax refund or need to submit a tax return? Use our online tools to find out if you're owed money by HMRC.

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