Don’t miss the 1 April tax payment deadline

If you benefited from HMRC’s filing extension, make sure you avoid the 5% penalty

Around 1.8 million individuals benefited from a hard-fought campaign which encouraged HMRC not to charge a late filing penalty – provided that returns were submitted online by 28 February.

HMRC has confirmed that the initial 5% late payment penalty on self-assessed tax won’t be charged if the tax is paid, or a time-to-pay arrangement is agreed, by 1 April. For a time-to-pay arrangement, you need to know the amount of tax due.

As a reminder, anyone who cannot pay their bill in full can apply to spread the cost. Taxpayers can set up a payment plan, in up to 12 monthly instalments, via GOV.UK, provided that they meet the following requirements:

  • they have no
    – outstanding tax returns
    – other tax debts
    – other HMRC payment plans set up
  • the debt is between £32 and £30,000
  • the payment plan is set up no later than 60 days after the due date for payment but ideally as soon as possible – and certainly before 1 April to avoid a 5% late payment penalty.

Those who do not meet these requirements, or who need more than 12 months to pay off their bill, can apply for a payment plan by speaking to one of HMRC’s debt advisers.