If you cannot pay your tax bill on time

What to do

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment. How you contact HMRC depends on what you need to pay.

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

If you cannot pay because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Call the HMRC coronavirus helpline.

You can delay (defer) any VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. If you choose to defer a VAT payment, you will have until 31 March 2021 to pay it.

If you cannot pay your Self Assessment tax bill

If you’ve filed your return and owe less than £10,000 you might be able to arrange to pay in instalments online.

You do not need to contact HMRC if you have set up a payment plan online.

Call the Self Assessment helpline if you’ve missed your payment date or you cannot use the online service.

Self Assessment Payment Helpline
Telephone: 0300 200 3822
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

If you cannot pay other taxes

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 Payment Support Service if you have not received a bill or letter.

Payment Support Service
Telephone: 0300 200 3835
Monday to Friday, 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.