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Student Loan adjustment in Tax Calculation

Hi,

I have a client where a student loan is repayable due to high levels of dividends. I need to adjust the amount owed for the student loan, as the amount being calculated is far more than the remaining amount owed on the loan. I am using HMRC software and cannot find where I can adjust this. Any ideas?

Thanks

Sarah

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By j127430
10th Aug 2011 08:03

I don't believe you can. I think it's a case of paying the calculated amount and then obtaining a refund from the SLC.

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10th Aug 2011 10:56

Or could you can contact SLC, pay the outstanding balance voluntarily and then you would not need to include it in the tax calculation. HMRC suggest in the Tax Return notes that you should contact SLC if you are nearing the end of the loan. 

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By Luke
18th Aug 2011 11:09

Voluntary overpayments

sijolees wrote:

Or could you can contact SLC, pay the outstanding balance voluntarily and then you would not need to include it in the tax calculation. HMRC suggest in the Tax Return notes that you should contact SLC if you are nearing the end of the loan. 

As I understand it voluntary overpayments do not reduce the amount that is calculated via self assessment.  Per the guide below

http:[email protected][email protected][email protected]/documents/digitalasset/dg_173548.pdf

A voluntary payment does not affect the amount of any Student Loan repayments based on your income and deducted:

• by your employer; or

• those calculated through the SA process

described above.

You cannot choose to make voluntary payments instead of, or in place of, the above repayment methods. Voluntary payments will always be in addition to any sums collected by HMRC. 

 

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As suggested above...

.... unfortunately, you have to overpay on the loan through SA and then get a refund from The SLC.

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15th Aug 2011 11:44

Student Loan Calculation

I've come across this a couple of times and in every case the SLC unit at HMRC (Centre 1) told me to put a note in the additional information page on the Tax Return stating that the client wishes to informally standover the amount of £x (x being the excess amount calculated but not due).  The client then pays the reduced amount (i.e. the actual amount due) over to HMRC and they then square the position with SLC. 

In virtually every case, the client has had a letter regarding unpaid tax (i.e. the amount stood over) whilst HMRC are squaring the position with the SLC but a quick phone call to point them towards the note on the Tax Return was sufficient to sort the position.  

So the client doesn't actually have to overpay on the loan, they can pay the correct amount and HMRC will accept the 'underpayment' if you tell them why.

Hope this helps 

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By Vince54
15th Aug 2011 16:16

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It's now possible to enter into a direct debit arrangement with the SLC when nearing the end of the loan (within 23 months?) so that this problem of overpaying and then reclaiming can be avoided.

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By Moo
18th Aug 2011 09:55

Student Loan Calculation

I agree with ssutherland, the way to deal with this is by using a note in the 'white space' on the return asking HMRC to hold over the excess amount.  This is the method that HMRC recommend and so far I've found that it actually works.

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