This is a freeview 'At a glance' guide to paying HMRC. 

How do I pay tax or tax penalties? How do I pay HMRC?

Payment methods

There are several ways to pay HMRC:

  • Direct Debit.
  • Faster Payment.
  • BACS.
  • CHAPS.
  • Personal debit card.
  • Corporate credit and debit card.

From 13 January 2018, you can no longer pay your tax with a personal credit card.

Payments made by corporate credit card incur a surcharge which goes direct to merchant acquirers, card schemes and card providers. This also applies to corporate debit cards from 1 November 2020. 

Paying HMRC

  • If you are paying taxes, for example: Self Assessment, Corporation Tax, VAT, Pay As You Earn or Construction Industry Scheme, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, National Insurance or other taxes and duties: 
    • Click here to find the relevant payment instructions. 
  • If you are paying irregular tax amounts, penalties and enquiry settlements and cannot find instructions in other 'paying HMRC' guides, or if your payment reference starts with X


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