HMRC waives 5% late payment penalty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Feb 23, 2021 | Coronavirus Updates

HMRC has announced that self-assessment taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April 2021.

Usually, a 5% payment penalty is charged on any unpaid tax that is still outstanding on 3 March. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC is giving taxpayers more time to pay.

An initial £100 penalty will still be charged to those who have not submitted their returns by 28 February 2021, however, so HMRC has urged taxpayers who have yet to file their 2019/20 return to do so now.

HMRC is also encouraging customers to use the time-to-ay facility, allowing them to spread the cost of their self-assessment tax bill into monthly payments until January 2022.

Over 97,260 customers have already set up a self-serve time-to-pay arrangement online, totalling more than £367 million, HMRC has revealed.

Jim Harra, HMRC’s chief executive, said:

“Anyone worried about paying their tax can set up a payment plan to spread the cost into monthly instalments. Support is available at GOV.UK to help anyone struggling to meet their obligations.”

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