Following the Bank of England’s announcement on 2 February 2023 that the base rate will rise to 4%, HMRC interest rates are also increasing by 0.5%, to 6.5% for late payment interest and 3% for repayment interest, from 21 February 2023. 

The rates, which apply to the main taxes and duties administered by HMRC, track the base rate. The late payment rate is set at 2.5% above the base rate. The repayment rate is set at a 'minimum floor' of 0.5% until the base rate reaches 1.5%, it then increases with the base rate. 

  • For companies in the Corporation Tax quarterly instalment payment regime, the rate of interest on underpaid instalment payments increases to 5% from 4.5%. Repayment interest rises to 3.75% from 3.25%. These changes take effect from 13 February 2023.
  • For all other payments, the increase to 6.5% takes effect from 21 February 2023, as does the rise in the repayment interest rate to 3%. 
  • The Official rate of interest which is most commonly seen in relation to Employment-related loans remains unchanged at 2%.

Useful guides on this topic

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HMRC interest rates for late and early payments

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