Benefits and taxes

To make sure your money goes as far as possible, it's a good idea to make sure you're getting all the benefits you are entitled to and only paying the taxes and contributions you need to.

The Learn My Way team have connected up with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) service to bring you everything you need to know about their services - it isn't just tax returns and PAYE codes!

You can follow the links below to find out more about the services HMRC offers, the benefits you could be entitled to and which taxes apply to you. Being armed with a little know-how about what you should be getting and what you need to be paying can make you better off all round.

If you know what you're looking for, you can start by choosing one of these sections:

If you want to learn something more general, or if you have a specific question in mind, HMRC offer services to help you.

HMRC Services

You can use HMRC's online portal to manage and check your tax information. By using the portal, you can do things like view and update your personal details, estimate how much tax you’ll owe this year and how that'll affect your pay, and access a wide range of forms covering taxes, National Insurance, pensions, and some aspects of benefits – and submit and track those forms online. Follow the link below to see what else you could use the portal to do.

The HMRC YouTube channel has loads of useful videos - there are guides for customers and clips for new and growing businesses.

If you have a general question and you want to cut down the amount of time you spend waiting on the phone, you can ask HMRC using Twitter. By tweeting '@HMRCgovuk' followed by your question, your tweet will be sent to a real life advisor and will be answered really quickly - why not try it out?

The HMRC Facebook page will keep you updated with tips and information to help make managing your taxes easier.