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The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

What is it?

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Who is it for?

You are eligible if your business:

  • pays tax to the UK government
  • has outstanding tax liabilities

How does it work?

If you have missed a tax payment or you might miss your next payment due to COVID-19, please call HMRC’s dedicated helpline: 0800 024 1222.

If you’re worried about a future payment, please call HMRC nearer the time.

What don't we know yet?

We will update this section once we have more information.

What should I do next?

If you have an upcoming payment due to HMRC that you would like to defer, you should call the helpline. HMRC will look at whether a time to pay arrangement can be put in place.

HMRC coronavirus helpline number is 0800 024 1222.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 4pm. The helpline will not be available on Bank Holidays.

Critchleys Clients: If you have specific questions, please contact your Critchleys Accountant directly.


Published 24 March 2020
Last Updated 2 April 2020

2 April 2020
The HMRC’s dedicated helpline has been updated to 0800 024 1222.

24 March 2020
First published.

Find out more about Ian Timms

Ian Timms

Ian Timms

Ian is the Head of Business Tax at Critchleys LLP.

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