How to pay your self-assessment tax

Self -assessment tax for 2015/16 is due by 31 January 2017 – HMRC require cleared funds by that date, otherwise interest will be charged.

You are unlikely to receive a statement or reminder so the ways you can settle your tax are shown below. In all cases you will need to know your UTR (Unique Taxpayer Reference). If I have already prepared and filed your tax return you will have received paper calculations showing the amount due and your UTR and also pdf versions by email.

HMRC would prefer payment by electronic means:

Internet banking

Sort code: 08-32-10

Account: 12001039

By debit or credit card

Please follow this link to the HMRC page

At your bank or Post Office

You will need a payslip in order to use this method – unlikely that you’ll have one if HMRC are not issuing statements!

By post with a cheque

Cheques should be made payable to “H M Revenue and Customs only” and post to:


No other details are required on the envelope.

You MUST include a payslip, if you do not have one, you can print a paper version to include in the envelope by following this link. (Please note that this “payslip” cannot be used to pay over the counter at the bank or post office.

Unable to pay your self-assessment tax on time?

If you are unable to pay your tax by the due date, please phone HMRC well in advance of the 31 January 2017 deadline on 0300 200 3822. More details can be found by following this link. You will need your UTR, NI Number and other details.

Paying late

If you pay your tax late, HMRC will charge interest. If the tax is still unpaid by 28 February 2017 an automatic 5% surcharge will be added. More details about interest and late payment penalties can be found here.


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