How to pay your tax bill

HMRC accepts most payment methods:

In most cases you’ll need to have your UTR number ready.

Depending on the payment method used, payments can take between one to five working days to reach HMRC.

If the payment deadline falls on a bank holiday or a weekend, it’s your responsibility to ensure your payment reaches HMRC on the last working day prior to the bank holiday or weekend.

What if I cannot pay my tax bill on time?

Make sure to contact HMRC.

What will happen:

  1. HMRC will consider why you’re struggling to pay the amount owed
  2. HMRC will let you know how much they believe you can pay right now
  3. You will also be able to work out a payment plan for paying the rest of your tax bill.

It’s a good idea to have your documents ready — or at least a spreadsheet of your income, expenses, assets, and investments. For example, the HMRC might not agree to a payment plan if you have a lot of money in your Stocks & Shares ISA.

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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