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PAYE coding-out limit to increase

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The £3,000 coding-out limit that can be collected through PAYE tax codes is to be increased for those with annual earnings of £30,000 or more.

This will apply to taxpayers who have a debt with HMRC and are an employee paying tax through (PAYE) and/or receive a taxable UK-based private pension. If a taxpayer’s earnings are less than £30,000, there’s no change to the £3,000 coding out limit. For those whose annual earnings are £30,000 or more, HMRC will apply a sliding scale to the taxpayer’s main PAYE income.

These changes will only apply to underpaid self-assessment and class 2 national insurance debts and tax credit overpayments. Changes will be reflected in taxpayers’ 2015/16 tax code and HMRC will write to taxpayers before it collect any debts through the PAYE code from April 2015.

A maximum coding-out limit of £17,000 will apply for those with annual earnings of £90,000 or more. The changes only apply to unpaid self-assessment and class 2 NIC debts and tax credit overpayments.