Important information about changes to paying HMRC

Category: Amber AccountingTaxation - Posted On: Dec 11 2017

HMRC are making some important changes to the way they accept payments. Please make sure you are aware of these changes and the dates they come into action which can be found below.

At the Post Office

You won’t be able to pay at the Post Office from 15 December 2017. Where electronic payment is not possible, payments can still be made at bank branches (with a payslip) and cheque payments for Self Assessment tax can still be posted to HMRC.

By credit card

From 13 January 2018, HMRC will no longer accept payment by personal credit card. Debit cards and corporate credit cards continue to be accepted. The timing of this change coincides with the date from which HMRC will no longer be permitted to charge fees for payment by credit card when the EU Payment Services Directive comes into effect. As a public funded body, HMRC is unable to absorb the cost of personal credit card fees as this would ultimately mean charging the fees back to customers through the public purse.

Other ways to pay HMRC

HMRC are encouraging all customers to pay using the following methods:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online or telephone banking (including Faster Payments, BACS & CHAPS)

These are more secure and may save you time and expense.

You can find more information about paying HMRC here.

If you’d like more information, support or advice, please speak to your local office contact. Alternatively, contact a member of our Taxation┬áteam or Virtual Finance Office who will be happy to help with any query you have.