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If you can’t afford your tax bill, don’t worry. There is support available. The first and most important thing to do, though, is to notify HMRC of your situation. The sooner they are aware of what’s going on, the faster they can provide you with help.
🚨You can call the Self Assessment Payment Helpline on 0300 200 3822 🚨
When it comes to paying your tax bill, HMRC offer some flexibility.
Like us, they understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and they take this into consideration when it comes to paying your tax bill. So, here are a few options to consider:
Paying in instalments means you’ll still pay your tax bill, but the cost will be spread out across a number of months.
To set up a payment plan you’ll need the following things:
You’ll also need your Government Gateway ID to hand, which can be found on previous emails from HMRC.
If you can’t find this information, don’t worry! You can also call HMRC on 0300 2003600 to retrieve your User ID and/or password instead.
When setting up your payment plan, HMRC may ask you for some of the following details, so try to get it all together ready for the call to avoid any unnecessary delays:
By answering these questions, HMRC will be able to take into account things such as rent, food, utility bills, and fixed outgoings when determining the cost of your monthly payments.
If your circumstances change, don’t worry! Simply contact HMRC and they’ll alter your payment plan in line with changes to things such as your employment, dependents, etc.
A reasonable excuse is a reason that HMRC will accept if you want to appeal a fine for submitting or paying your tax return late. Here are some examples:
If any of these are true for your situation, still try to send your tax return or pay your tax bill as soon as you can to avoid a fine.
To get a better understanding of your situation and the way delays could impact what HMRC charge, take a look at our late payment penalties calculator below. The more you know about your situation, the better your position to resolve things.
HMRC offers extra support to those who may be struggling to file their tax return because of a medical condition or other personal circumstances. Here are some reasons:
If you don’t qualify for HMRC’s extra support, please don’t worry. Financial difficulty can feel totally overwhelming, and it’s important not to forget that you don’t have to weather it alone. Organisations such as Samaritans are there to listen to you, no matter what, no matter why. You can call them anytime, day or night, no problem is too big or small. If you’d like someone to talk to, call 116 123 or email [email protected].
For help managing your finances and/or debt you can speak to Money Helper. Their help is confidential and free to use, whether that’s online or over the phone.
If you have further questions, we’re also here to help! For any tax-related support minus jargon, check out our resources section on our website or chat to our support team (email [email protected] or message via the live chat on our homepage). They’re available to you for any tax-specific questions you may have.
Remember, if you can’t afford to pay your tax bill, let HMRC know as soon as you can. Not only will this stop you from incurring additional penalties and fines but they’ll also be able to help to offer you a solution.
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