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Self Assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

HMRC has increased the threshold for paying tax liabilities to £30,000 for Self Assessment customers to help ease any potential financial burden they may be experiencing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Self Assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans
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  • Staff Reporter
  • October 02, 2020
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Self Assessment customers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly payments from today (1 October 2020) without the need to call HM Revenue and Customs.

The online payment plan service can already be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to £10,000. From 1 October 2020, HMRC has increased the threshold to £30,000 for Self Assessment customers, to help ease any potential financial burden they may be experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The increased self-serve Time to Pay limit of £30,000 follows the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement on 24 September to increase support for businesses and individuals through the uncertain months ahead.

As part of his speech, the Chancellor announced that Self Assessment customers could pay their deferred payment on account bill from July 2020, any outstanding tax owed for 2019 to 2020 and their first payment on account bill for this current tax year in monthly instalments, up to 12 months, via this self-serve tool. Customers who need longer than 12 months to settle their tax liabilities are invited to contact HMRC in the usual way.

"We are supporting jobs by giving more breathing space to up to 11 million Self Assessment taxpayers when managing their tax affairs," said Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman. 

"Enhancing Time to Pay should ease the financial burdens and protect the livelihoods of these taxpayers, as they navigate the months ahead."

More than 11 million customers complete a Self Assessment tax return each year.

HMRC estimates around 95 per cent of Self Assessment customers who are due to make payments on 31 January 2021 could qualify to implement a Time to Pay arrangement using the self-serve Time to Pay facility online, without needing to speak to an HMRC adviser.

According to the government, customers who wish to set up their own self-serve Time to Pay arrangements must meet the following requirements:

  • they need to have no:

    • outstanding tax returns
    • other tax debts
    • other HMRC payment plans set up
  • the debt needs to be between £32 and £30,000
  • the payment plan needs to be set up no later than 60 days after the due date of a debt.
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