If you cannot pay your tax bill on time

What to do

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible.

You might be able to set up a payment plan to pay in instalments. To set up a payment plan, you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you set up a payment plan.

You have to pay interest if you pay late. You may avoid penalties by contacting HMRC as soon as possible.

If you cannot pay before the deadline, call the Business Payment Support Service. Anyone can use this service, not just businesses.

Business Payment Support Service
Telephone: 0300 200 3835
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 4pm
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Nominated partners in business partnerships can negotiate time to pay with HMRC on behalf of the partnership or individual partners.

If you’ve missed your payment date

If you’ve received a payment demand, like a tax bill or a letter threatening you with legal action, call the HMRC office that sent you the letter.

Call the Business Payment Support Service if you have not received a bill or letter about payment yet.

Self Assessment

Call the Self Assessment helpline if you’ve missed your payment date.

Self Assessment Payment Helpline
Telephone: 0300 200 3822
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 8am to 4pm
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