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13/07/2023

Cannot pay your tax on time?

by David Edmonds

The second payment on account for Self-Assessment taxpayers for the 2022-23 tax year is due on 31 July 2023. Taxpayers are usually required to pay their Income Tax liabilities in three instalments each year. The first payment was due on 31 January 2023. The final balancing payment of tax will be due on 31 January 2024.

If you are having trouble paying your tax on time you may be eligible to receive support with your tax affairs. An online payment plan for Self-Assessment tax bills can be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to £30,000.

Taxpayers that want to use the online option must have filed their latest tax return within 60 days of the payment deadline and intend to pay their debt within the following 12 months or less. Taxpayers that qualify for a Time to Pay arrangement using the self-serve Time to Pay facility online, can do so without speaking to an HMRC adviser.

Taxpayers with Self-Assessment tax payments that do not meet the above requirements need to contact HMRC to formally request a Time To Pay arrangement. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

HMRC will only offer taxpayers the option of extra time to pay if they think they genuinely cannot pay in full but will be able to pay in the future. If HMRC do not think that more time will help, they can require immediate payment of a tax bill and start enforcement action if no payment is forthcoming.

Source:HM Revenue & Customs| 10-07-2023

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