No more paying tax bills at the Post Office

HMRC has confirmed that from 15 December 2017 taxpayers will not be able to make payments for outstanding tax bills at any Post Office via cheque, cash or card. The Post Office payment system will go but cheque payments will still be accepted by post.

Other means of payment by direct debit (where applicable), online or telephone banking (faster payments), CHAPS, BACS, the government banking service (GBS) online service, online with a debit or credit card, at a bank or building society, or by cheque through the post will continue.

This change will affect payment of penalties, including details about paying taxes, penalties and enquiry settlements not covered in other paying guidance, if the payment reference starts with X.

The HMRC guidance released also details future payment arrangements for pension scheme administrators using Accounting for Tax (AFT) returns, payment periods and contributions equivalent premiums.

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