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Tax Bill Payment…DECLINED!

Its that time of year again. The end of the year. A time for giving, sharing, and paying…the HMRC what you owe.

The HMRC don’t care if you have “spent up” on Christmas presents and Santa Costumes. They want paying, and they want paying very soon.

Bizarrely, they recently sent out a letter to the UK 5 million self employed and gave everyone some outdated information about how to pay their tax bill.

One of the options to pay is by Credit Card, they said.

We say…WRONG!

Another option is to pay at the Post Office, over the counter, they said.

We say…WRONG!

This information is just wrong, wrong, wrong. It couldn’t get anymore wrong. Although its you, the innocent contractor, freelancer, gig worker or self employed business person who is going to suffer.

For example, if you leave your tax bill payment to the last minute and then to decide to whip out your credit card. Guess what? You will be met with a DECLINED alarm.

Another example: You go for a walk down to your local post office with a carrier bag of cash and try to pay your tax bill over the counter. Guess what? The post office manager is going to laugh in your face and then laugh you out of the door.

“I will just take a first class stamp then,” you will say…followed by “HOW MUCH?”

Back to tax bill payment options and using your credit card was was withdrawn by HMRC in January of 2018, while taking away the Post Office as an option was removed in December of 2017.

So why are HMRC still sending out the wrong information? According to them, they are in the middle of changing print suppliers and wanted to save costs. However, this has led to a right old mix up which could leave thousands of contractors with a late payment fee.

My advice on this saga? Don’t deal with HMRC directly and never attempt to pay your tax bill on your own.

Instead, you should hire a contractor accountant to do it all for you. All you have to do is pay them a small fee every month and you never even see your tax return or tax bill.

These expert contractor accountants know that credit cards and post office branches are out. You won’t ever get caught with your pants down while a contractor accountant is behind you.

While the HMRC have been sending out the wrong information, it must be noted they are now attempting to rectify the situation by sending out additional leaflets with the CORRECT information.

Then, once they have changed print suppliers we should never see this mistake again.

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