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Tax help for students

If you are a student, or a student adviser, looking for information and help about tax and related matters for students you will find it on our dedicated student tax website.

Tax Guide for students is a non-profit website that was set up by us to provide tax information to students and their advisers. The website was created with the support of HM Revenue & Customs and endorsed by leading student, tax and accounting organisations.

You can find information about the following subjects on the website by clicking on the links below:

Tax Essentials for students

This section gives you essential information about tax for students. It gives an introduction to the tax system, explains how students can work out their tax and understand what allowances may be applicable. It also explains how tax is collected, how to claim tax back, how to get a National Insurance number and information about pension schemes.


This section helps students understand how their earnings from work, whether employment or self-employment, will be taxed. It also explains how National Insurance works if you are in employment or self-employment.

Volunteering and Training

This section explains how interns are treated for tax and the tax rules for volunteers or students who are on a training contract or apprenticeship scheme.

Tax credits and benefits

This section gives an overview of tax credits and explains where to find out more about state benefits including universal credit.

Tax refunds for students

This section tells students how to work out if they have paid too much tax and how to claim that tax back.

Types of student

This section contains guidance for international students, part-time students, mature students and disabled students.

Going abroad

If you are a student who is thinking of going abroad to study or work this section is for you. It covers the key tax and National Insurance points that need to be considered.

Other income

As a student you may have other income such as income from family members, scholarships and awards, or income from savings. This section explains tax on these other types of income.

Student loans

The main way of repaying student loans taken out since 1998 is via the tax system. This section explains more about repaying student loans.

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