1. Overview

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will take ‘enforcement action’ to get the money - you may be able to avoid this if you contact them.

There are a number of enforcement actions HMRC can take to get the tax you owe. They can:

If you don’t pay your tax on time, you’ll probably have to pay interest on the outstanding amount. You may also have to pay a penalty or surcharge.

Avoid enforcement action

Contact HMRC as soon as you can - you may be able to either:

  • get more time to pay
  • pay in instalments

You must contact HMRC if you disagree with a tax decision, eg the amount of tax you’re being asked to pay.