Emily Coltman

About the author: Emily Coltman, FCA is the chief accountant for FreeAgent, who make online accounting software for small businesses and freelancers.

How long does it take to get a tax refund?

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If you’ve been waiting for over five weeks for your refund it’s maybe best to phone HMRC to check on progress. You can call the from the UK on 0300 200 3300 or from outside the UK on +44 135 535 9022.


Hi, I'm Emily Coltman, chief accountant to FreeAgent where we make online accounting software for small businesses.

So, what if you are in the lucky position of being due some money back from HMRC, how long will it take your refund to come through?

Well the good news is that for Self Assessment they're usually really quick off the mark. It can take a matter of days, it might be just a couple of weeks – if you've been waiting a couple of months for your refund, it's worth giving HMRC a ring to find out what's happened to it and we've put the contact number under the video.

If you'd like some more information about how FreeAgent can help you file your tax return, please click the link above the video.

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