P45 (tax)

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In the United Kingdom and previously in use in the Republic of Ireland, a P45 is the reference code of a form titled Details of employee leaving work. The term is used in British slang and Irish slang as a metonym for termination of employment. (The equivalent slang term in the United States is pink slip.)

A P45 is issued by the employer when an employee leaves.[1][2] It is a multipart form.

In the United Kingdom[edit]

In the UK, the front section, Part 1, is given by the old employer to HM Revenue and Customs, who then record the pay and tax details on to the individual's taxpayer record. Part 1A is to be retained by the employee, Part 2 retained by the new employer, and Part 3 taken by the new employer and sent to their tax office. The P45 contains details of earnings and tax paid during the tax year (tax paid in previous years is detailed on the P60 for that year).[citation needed]

The "P" code refers to documents in the PAYE series, in the same way that self-assessment documents are prefixed "SA" (e.g., SA100 - Individual tax return) and Tax credits paperwork is prefixed "TC" (e.g., TC600 - Tax credits application).[citation needed]

In the Republic of Ireland[edit]

In the Republic of Ireland, P45 is also used as a reference to a form used by the Revenue Commissioners with the same function. The administrative procedures in this area are similar; however, the form itself is different in design from the UK version. The form is planned to be eliminated from 1 January 2019, with a move instead towards real-time reporting of tax details to Revenue.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

On 4 October 2017, at the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May was handed a P45 form by prankster Simon Brodkin as a stunt claiming to be from then-Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Brodkin was arrested, but no charges were brought.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PAYE forms - P45, Starter Checklist, P60 and P11D". HM Revenue & Customs. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  2. ^ "When an employee leaves or retires". HM Revenue & Customs. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  3. ^ "Bye bye P45: Revenue moves to modernise PAYE".
  4. ^ Elgot, Jessica Elgot; Grierson, Jamie (4 October 2017). "Security inquiry after prankster Simon Brodkin disrupts May speech". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Conservative conference: May handed P45". BBC News. 8 October 2017.

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