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Enhanced Payment Plans for Self-Assessment Tax – Time to Pay

Posted 06/10/2020

Self-Assessment customers can now apply online to help spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly payments, up to a maximum of 12 months from 1 February 2021, without the need to call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

If you cannot afford to pay your latest tax bill in full, you can set up a payment plan to spread the cost of your latest Self-Assessment bill if you:

  • Owe £30,000.00 or less
  • Do not have any other payment plans or debts with HMRC.
  • Do not have outstanding tax returns
  • Do not have any other tax debts

Self-Assessment tax that can be included within ‘Time to Pay’ include the payments that were due in either July 2020 or January 2021, including the payment on account towards 2020/21.

For details of how to set-up a payment plan or instalments online and for all other options to pay, please see

Balances included within ‘Time to Pay’ will be required to pay any interest on the tax owed. Interest will be applied to the outstanding balance from 1 February 2021.  

If your Self-Assessment debts are over £30,000.00, or you need longer than 12 months to pay your debt in full, you may still be able to set up a Time to Pay arrangement by calling the Self-Assessment Payment Helpline on 0300 200 3822

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