Why is my tax code 810L?

HMRC logoThe new tax year starts on 6 April 2012 and the basic personal allowance for an individual aged 64 and under is £8,105 providing that annual earnings are £100,000 or less.  The personal allowance is translated to a tax code by dividing by 10 followed by a letter and so a person entitled to the basic personal allowance will have a tax code of 810L.

At the beginning of a tax year, HMRC instruct employers to automatically uplift their employee’s tax codes if they have a suffix of L if a tax code has not been issued by HMRC for the new tax year.  For example the standard tax code of 747L for 2011-12 will increase by 63 to become 810L for the tax year 2012-13.

For the tax year 2012-13 the emergency tax code is 810L.

2 thoughts on “Why is my tax code 810L?

  1. How can I change my tax code back to normal single person now divorcing wife and I’m on emergency tax just can’t afford it

  2. I do not understand what this means can someone explain what I will be paid per month when I am only earning £8985.60 a year.

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