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Paying your tax bill

How to pay your tax bill

HMRC like to make it as easy as possible for you to pay your tax bills, but unfortunately it can still prove to be a bit complex.

Hopefully these short-cuts will make the process easier for you.

Paying your Self Assessment tax bill

Before making payment, you will require your Unique Taxpayer Reference (“UTR”), which is a 10-digit number that appears on all correspondence from HMRC.

You will also find the UTR on any payslips attached to statements and it will look similar to 1234567890K.  You can disregard any characters after the “K”.  You can also check the accuracy of the number at the HMRC online reference checker.

If you use electronic banking, you can set-up a payment using account number 12001039 and sort code 08-32-10 with your UTR (including the “K”) as the reference.

You can also take the payslip to the Post Office and make a payment across the counter, even if you are paying a different amount from that shown on the payslip.

It is also possible to pay by post, by cheque, and if you do not have a payslip, you can print a payslip direct from the HMRC website, which has the postal address.

It is also possible to make payments using a credit or debit card via Santander Billpay, or by setting up a direct debit for HMRC to draw the tax due from your account.

Paying your Corporation Tax bill

Before making payment, you will require your Unique Taxpayer Reference (“UTR”), which is a 10-digit number that appears on all correspondence from HMRC.

You will also find the UTR on any payslips attached to statements and it will look similar to 1234567890A00199A.  The element A001 is fixed, and “99A” will change to reflect the tax year and the sequence of the assessments in that year.  You can also check the accuracy of the number at the HMRC online reference checker.

If you use electronic banking, you can set-up a payment using account number 12001039 and sort code 08-32-10 with the full 17 character UTR as the reference.  If you cannot identify the UTR correctly, you can just use the 10-digit UTR, but that may delay the correct matching of the payment against the debt.

It is also possible to make payments using a credit or debit card via Santander Billpay, or by setting up a direct debit for HMRC to draw the tax due from your account.

You can also take the payslip to the Post Office and make a payment across the counter, even if you are paying a different amount from that shown on the payslip.

You cannot make payment by cheque to HMRC for a Corporation Tax liability.

Paying any other tax bill

You can find details of how to make payment via the HMRC website.