Choose how and when you can delay making your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year.
You have the option to defer your second payment on account if you’re:
- registered in the UK for Self Assessment and
- finding it difficult to make your second payment on account by 31 July 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus
You can still make the payment by 31 July 2020 as normal if you’re able to do so.
The June 2020 Self Assessment statements showed 31 January 2021 as the due date for paying the July 2020 Payment on Account. This is because HMRC updated their IT systems to prevent customers incurring late payment interest on any July 2020 Payment on Account paid between 1st August 2020 and 31 January 2021. The deferment has not been applied for all customers by HMRC and it remains optional.
HMRC will not charge interest or penalties on any amount of the deferred payment on account, provided it’s paid on or before 31 January 2021.
You will still need to submit your Self Assessment tax return to HMRC on time.
If you choose to defer
You do not need to tell HMRC that you’re deferring your payment on account.
Choosing to defer will not stop you from being entitled to other coronavirus support that HMRC provides.
You must make your second payment on account on or before 31 January 2021 if you choose to defer. Other payments you may have to make by this date include any:
- balancing payment due for the 2019 to 2020 tax year
- first payment on account due for the 2020 to 2021 tax year
You can check payments you need to make towards your next tax bill by signing in to your online account.
If you want to pay in full
You can pay your second payment on account bill in full any time between 31 July 2020 and 31 January 2021 using the online service.
If you want to pay in instalments
You need to contact HMRC if you already have overdue tax which you’re paying through a Time to Pay instalment arrangement and want to include your second payment on account in that arrangement.
If you do not have other overdue taxes, you can make your payment in instalments any time between now and 31 January 2021 by setting up a budget payment plan.
Payments made by Direct Debit
If you choose to defer and normally make your payments on account by Direct Debit, you should cancel your Direct Debit through your bank as soon as possible so that HMRC will not automatically collect any payment due. You can cancel online if you’re registered for online banking.
After the deferral ends
The usual interest, penalties and collection procedures will apply to missed payments.
How to get help
If you’re still struggling to pay your tax bill by 31 January 2021, or you’re experiencing other financial difficulties you can contact HMRC’s Time to Pay service.
Get help online
Use HMRC’s digital assistant to find more information about the coronavirus support schemes.
You can also contact the HMRC coronavirus helpline for help and advice.