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BACs payment

BACs is an electronic system used to make payments directly from one bank account to another. There are two main types: Direct Debit and Direct Credit.

BACs is very safe: it’s been used in the UK since 1968, for over 100 billion transactions, with no errors so far. You’re also protected against fraud by the Direct Debit Guarantee.

How to use BACs to pay your Self Assessment tax bill:

If you want to pay using BACs, you’ll also need your UTR number – here is how to get a UTR if you don’t have one or if you lost it.

Be mindful of the tax deadline (31st of January):

  • getting a new UTR can take a few weeks
  • it can also take up to 3 working days for the BACs payment to reach HMRC

For the payment itself, you’ll have to use one of these accounts – your tax bill will tell you which one to use:

Sort code Account number Account name
08 32 10 12001039 HMRC Cumbernauld
08 32 10 12001020 HMRC Shipley


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