Pay your Self Assessment tax bill

6. Budget payment plan

You can set up a ‘budget payment plan’ to make regular payments in advance. You must be up to date with your previous Self Assessment payments.

The payment plan lets you:

  • decide how much to pay each week or month
  • stop paying for up to 6 months

Set up your plan using your HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) online account. Go to the Direct Debit section and choose the budget payment option when filling in the Direct Debit form.

If the total you’ve paid during the year doesn’t cover your bill in full, you’ll have to pay the difference by the payment deadlines.

If you can’t pay your tax bill on time

If you can’t afford to pay your whole tax bill by the deadline, you might be able to pay in instalments.