I believe I may be on the wrong tax code

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Hi,

Sorry in advance if I sound clueless, but I started a new job last month and got my first proper wage from them today. 

However, I was shocked to see my payslip as it was significantly lower than what I had thought it would be. 

I am on a salary of £18,585.57, living in Scotland and 23 years old. My wage was barely over £1,200 as they took £278.74 in PAYE tax. 

My tax code on the payslip is S191T M1.
Doesn't seem right for it to be this high in tax as I have had higher paid jobs and not paid anywhere near this much tax. 

Should I phone HMRC to make sure it is the right code?

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  • TadleyBaggie
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    HMRC probably think you have two jobs, very common occurrence after switching jobs. You need to call them.
  • alyssadrysdale
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    That is great, thanks for the reply. 

    When I speak to HMRC, other than my NI number, do I require anything else?
  • gwynlas
    gwynlas Posts: 1,731 Forumite
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    Copy of your payslips to give previous and current employers details
  • Savvy_Sue
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    Have you had your P45 from the previous employer yet? That should set HMRC straight, once they get it. 
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  • GiantTCR
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    Savvy_Sue said:
    Have you had your P45 from the previous employer yet? That should set HMRC straight, once they get it. 
    Do you need to give your P45 from the previous employer to your new employer or to HMRC?
  • liz_bartun
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    GiantTCR said:
    Savvy_Sue said:
    Have you had your P45 from the previous employer yet? That should set HMRC straight, once they get it. 
    Do you need to give your P45 from the previous employer to your new employer or to HMRC?
    New employer, who then uses the information in their RTI submission to HMRC.
  • MalMonroe
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    Hi,

    Sorry in advance if I sound clueless, but I started a new job last month and got my first proper wage from them today. 

    However, I was shocked to see my payslip as it was significantly lower than what I had thought it would be. 

    I am on a salary of £18,585.57, living in Scotland and 23 years old. My wage was barely over £1,200 as they took £278.74 in PAYE tax. 

    My tax code on the payslip is S191T M1.
    Doesn't seem right for it to be this high in tax as I have had higher paid jobs and not paid anywhere near this much tax. 

    Should I phone HMRC to make sure it is the right code?
    Hi, don't worry about sounding clueless, we all have to start somewhere and sorting out tax codes is not for the faint of heart. . . 

    If you wish, you could also log in to your personal HMRC account to get this put right. You can send them a message on there. I've done that in the past and it's a more efficient way to get things sorted out, certainly in my experience.

    Here is the link - https://www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account

    Once your personal account is set up, it's easy to use. I think, anyway. And every time I've had to contact them  it's been because they have taken too much tax from my income. . . I see a pattern here!
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