How to pay your Spirits Drinks Verification fee and the time it takes for payment to reach HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The Spirits Drinks Verification Scheme ensures that spirit drinks with a Geographical Indication are produced to specific conditions.
After you apply to join the scheme HMRC will send you an invoice covering the fee for your registration and verification. You should pay the amount you owe within 30 days of the date on the invoice.
How much time to allow
Make sure you pay by the deadline or HMRC will not carry out verification and your application to register for the scheme will not be approved.
The time you need to allow depends on how you pay.
|Payment method||Time allowance|
|Online or telephone banking (Faster Payments)||Same or next day|
|CHAPS||Same or next day|
|Bacs||3 working days|
If the deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday, make sure your payment reaches HMRC on the last working day before (unless you’re paying by Faster Payments).
Ways to pay
Bank details for online or telephone banking, CHAPS, Bacs
You can pay by Faster Payments, CHAPS or Bacs to HMRC’s account.
|Sort code||Account number||Account name|
|20 50 46||73987795||HMRC Accounts Receivable Receipts|
You’ll need your 14-digit reference number. You’ll find this on the invoice HMRC sends you.
Your payment may be delayed if you use the wrong reference number.
- Faster Payments (online or telephone banking) usually reach HMRC on the same or next day, including weekends and bank holidays
- CHAPS usually reach HMRC the same working day if you pay within your bank’s processing times
- Bacs usually take 3 working days
Check your bank’s transaction limits and processing times before making a payment.
You should use these details to pay from an overseas account.
|Bank identifier code (BIC) / Swift code||Account number (IBAN)||Account name|
|BARCGB22||GB61 BARC 2050 4673 9877 95||HMRC Accounts Receivable Receipts|
If you need to provide your bank with HMRC’s banking address it is:
Barclays Bank Plc
1 Churchill Place