HMRC Waives Self-Assessment Penalties for 1 month

HMRC Waives Self-Assessment Penalties for 1 month

03 February 2021

Anyone who could not file their return by the 31st January deadline will not receive a late filing penalty if they file online by 28th February.

However, taxpayers are still obliged to pay their tax bill by 31st January. Interest will be charged from 1st February on any outstanding liabilities. Tax bills can be paid online, via your bank, or by post before you file. More information on how to pay is available at

What if I cannot pay my tax bill on time?

If you cannot afford to pay your tax bill on time, you can apply online to spread your bill over up to 12 months. To do so, you must first file your 2019-20 tax return before you can set up a time to pay arrangement.

Taxpayers with bills over £30,000, or who need longer than 12 months to pay their bill, can call HMRC on 0300 200 3822 to discuss time to pay.

Taxpayers who are required to make Payments on Account, and know their bill is going to be lower than the previous tax year, for example due to loss of earnings because of Covid-19, can reduce their Payments on Account. Ask us, your Accountant, about reducing your Payments on Account.


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