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HMRC waives 5% late payment penalty for self-assessment

HMRC have announced that Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April 2021.

The payment deadline for Self Assessment is 31 January and interest is charged from 1 February on any amounts outstanding.  Normally, a 5% late payment penalty is also charged on any unpaid tax that is still outstanding on 3 March.  But this year, because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC is giving taxpayers more time to pay or set up a payment plan.

Taxpayers can pay their tax bill or set up a monthly payment plan online at GOV.UK.  They need to do this by midnight on 1 April to prevent being charged a late payment penalty.  The online Time to Pay facility allows taxpayers to spread the cost of their Self Assessment tax bill into monthly instalments until January 2022.

Please note, interest will continue to be charged from 1 February 2021, it is just the 5% payment penalty that has been waived.

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