How to pay your tax bill
If you need to pay your tax bill, HMRC accepts most payment methods:
- online by card: but you can only use a debit card
- through a direct debit
- via CHAPS, BACs, or through a direct bank transfer
- by cheque at post
- at your bank or building society: remember to bring a paying-in slip from HMRC.
What you need to remember:
- have your UTR number ready – here is how to get it
- payments can take between 1 to 5 working days to reach HMRC, so if the payment deadline falls on a bank holiday or a weekend, make sure that your payment reaches HMRC before that – or you’ll be fined (£100).
What if I cannot pay my tax bill on time?
Make sure to contact HMRC.
What will happen:
- HMRC will consider why you’re struggling to pay the amount owed
- HMRC will let you know how much they believe you can pay right now
- You will also be able to work out a payment plan for paying the rest of your tax bill.
Our advice: even if you cannot afford to pay your tax bill, do not wait.
Submit your tax return and discuss with HMRC — it’s much harder to appeal a Self Assessment penalty than discuss a payment plan.
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