The 31st January deadline for Self Assessment returns and payments to reach HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is rapidly approaching.

There are a number of ways you can pay your tax to avoid interest charges.

You can pay by post or at your bank if you have a pre-printed payment slip. If you pay this way, we recommend you quote your tax reference on the back of the cheque in case your payment and slip get separated.

If you wish to pay electronically there are two options:

Firstly, you can make a payment through your normal online banking facility. To do this, you will need HMRC’s bank details which are available from this link. If you look at your payslip it will tell you in the bottom left hand corner whether your accounts office is Shipley or Cumbernauld. You will also need the ten digit tax reference found on the front of your tax return and on statements from HMRC.

Alternatively, you can pay direct to HMRC with a debit card (but not a credit card) by clicking on this link. You will need your 10 digit tax reference to pay by this method. The advantage of paying by this method is you can opt to receive an immediate e-mail receipt for your payment.

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