Tax and Jury duty deduction

darich
darich Posts: 2,145
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I was on jury duty back in March, and in April received my full pay as normal. Also in April, I received a cheque from the court for my expenses. The cheque included a proportion of my daily wage which the court paid me for the 4 days I was there. (I earn more than the court maximum, hence the proportion).
So my taxable pay included the salary which was paid separately as the cheque.
Later in the year, in September, my employer deducted the cheque amount from my salary. This was not unexpected although it took them longer than I expected. But my taxable income was not reduced by the cheque amount. It was reduced by the normal pension and AVC contribution.

So does that mean I've paid tax on the cheque amount twice because both April and September salary payments included the cheque amount in my taxable pay?

I've already emailed my payroll department but I was looking for a bit of advice before I get a reply.

Thanks

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  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 9,202
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    Why did you claim for loss of earnings if you didn't lose any earnings?

    The tax is the least of your worries if you've incorrectly claimed for monies you weren't due.
  • As far as your taxable pay is concerned, you have just received your normal salary each month, same as if you had never been on jury service. The cheque is deducted from your net pay rather than your gross pay, because it was paid to you net with no tax being deducted.
  • darich
    darich Posts: 2,145
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    Why did you claim for loss of earnings if you didn't lose any earnings?

    The tax is the least of your worries if you've incorrectly claimed for monies you weren't due.
    The way it works...
    I'm paid while on jury duty and provided with evidence of my earnings from HR so I can show the court. They pay me for the duration and give me paperwork to show what they've paid me.
    That amount is deducted from my salary at a later date.
    I thought that was clear on my post.

    I haven't claimed incorrectly

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  • dales1
    dales1 Posts: 226
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    Yes, DGG, a juror should claim, so that his employer is not out of pocket, for their employees doing public service.
    This is commonly a condition of contract, so in fact the employee must claim.
    After the payroll adjustments, the employee should be no better and no worse off than if he hadn't been conscripted.
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