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If you can't pay your tax bill, the most important thing is not to ignore it. If the amount is wrong because of a mistake on your Self Assessment tax return, you can check and correct it. If you can't pay the bill straight away, you may be able to arrange to pay it later.
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If you're not sure your bill is right, it's a good idea to check the figures on your tax return. If you've accidentally added a nought to your income, you'll end up with a bill that's much bigger than it should be.
You could also check that you haven't used provisional figures in your return - if you have, your bill will be based on those figures. You will need to send the correct figures to have the bill amended.
If you haven't sent your tax return to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), you should send it as soon as you can. HMRC will have estimated your tax bill and it may be too high. You will still have to pay penalties for sending your tax return late, but the longer you delay, the more you'll have to pay.
You can now use your credit card to pay HMRC, as well as other ways such as a cheque, debit card or Direct Debit payment.
If your bill is right but you can’t pay, you must get in touch with HMRC as soon as you can. If you don't, your bill will go up. This is because penalties and interest will be added on.
If you get in touch straight away, you may be able to avoid paying penalties and come to an arrangement to spread your payments over a period of time. You will need to discuss your financial position openly with HMRC and bring any outstanding tax affairs up to date.
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