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Hello, Melanie, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and pleased to be able to help you with your question.
Yes, you can earn up to 11K in any one tax year and pay no tax, 11K being the Personal Allowance. There are two ways to reclaim this tax. Firstly, if you have signed on then your P45 will have been withdrawn and you will receive any refund at the end of the current tax year, 5 April 2017, a long wait. If you find other employment the PAYE system will adjust the position on your employer's PAYE system using the P45T which DWP will send you when you go off benefits. Otherwise you can seek a refund by writing to your tax office, but this could take some time for them to agree as this is a mid year position and HMRC will not be so keen to assist.
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It will be in the telephone directory under HMRC.
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Yes, and frankly you possibly do not need it anyway after my guidance.
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