Following the Bank of England’s recent announcement increasing the base rate, HMRC have announced that their late payment interest rate will also increase by 0.25%, to 3.25%, from 5 April 2022.

The rate, which applies to late payments of the main taxes and duties administered by HMRC, is tracked at 2.5% above the base rate. It was increased to 3% in February 2022.

  • For companies in the Corporation Tax quarterly instalment payment regime, the rate of interest on underpaid instalment payments increases to 1.75% from 1.5%. This change takes effect from 28 March 2022.
  • For all other payments, the increase to 3.25% takes effect from 5 April 2022. 
  • The interest rate which HMRC will apply to overpayments of tax remains unchanged at 0.5%.
  • The Official rate of interest which is most commonly seen in relation to Employment-related loans also remains unchanged at 2%.

Useful guides on this topic

Penalties: Late Payment
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Penalties: Late Payment MTD
Penalties for late payment of tax under Making Tax Digital for VAT and Income Tax.

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