How to: pay your self-assessment tax bill

It’s just a week from the self-assessment tax return filing and payment date and HMRC report that 4.5 million tax returns are outstanding! [dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”450px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Figurit file 99% of tax returns prior to Christmas and work with our commercial clients through the year to ensure they are timely with their tax commitments.[/dropshadowbox]   If you haven’t filed your tax return, time is of the essence so seek help if you want to avoid penalties and surcharges.

Paying your tax liability

There are many ways to pay your tax so it is difficult to find a suitable excuse for non-payment! Take your pick from the list below:


  • Online or telephone banking
  • CHAPS transfer
  • Debit or credit card online
  • Direct debit – allow up to 5 working days for new direct debits
  • BACS transfer – allow 3 days

Non electronically

  • In the bank – payslip required
  • In the post office – payslip required
  • By Post – allow 3 days
  HMRC have more useful information about paying your self assessment tax available on their website.

Difficulties in paying

It is a known fact now amongst tax advisors and accountants that HMRC will be more understanding and co-operative if taxpayers come forward early in the event of non-payment rather than waiting for the deadline to pass. If you find yourself in the position where funds are simply not available to make your tax payment this year then it is best to contact HRMC to make a structured plan – it is likely they will not implement late penalties, although interest will still be charged until your account with them is settled. For questions about paying your tax, getting more organised for next year or if you are unable to pay your tax bill ontime, contact Figurit who can discuss your options: T: 020 7376 9333 E:

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