1. Overview

The deadlines for paying your tax bill are:

If you prefer to pay regularly throughout the year, you can use a budget payment plan.

Ways to pay

Make sure you pay HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by the deadline. You’ll be charged interest and may have to pay a penalty if your payment is late.

The time you need to allow depends on how you pay.

You can’t pay your bill over the phone to HMRC.

Same or next day

You need a paying-in slip from HMRC to pay at a bank, building society or Post Office.

3 working days

5 working days

  • Direct Debit (if you haven’t set one up with HMRC before)

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 or by debit or credit card).

Problems with payment services

Online payment services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any current problems, or times they aren’t available.