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HMRC internal manual

Debt Management and Banking Manual

Enforcement action: distraint: carrying out a distraint: time for distraint

Time for distraint

Direct taxes

You can levy distraint only between sunrise and sunset and not at all on Sundays or public holidays such as Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

Indirect taxes

You may levy distress for indirect taxes between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm on any day of the week or during the period of trading, when a debtor conducts their business partly or wholly outside those hours.

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Completion of levy outside time limits

Provided you have begun a distraint before sunset (for direct tax) or 8.00 pm (for indirect tax) you can continue beyond this to completion.