Changes to methods of paying HMRC – by personal credit card and at the post office

HMRC has announced two changes which will affect how taxpayers will be able to make payments to HMRC.

  • From 15 December 2017 it will no longer be possible to make payments to HMRC at a post office. The contract with Santander which allowed this method of payment expires on that date and Santander and HMRC have not reached agreement on a new contract. Where electronic payment is not possible, payments can still be made at bank branches (with a payslip) and payments for self assessment income tax can still be posted to HMRC.
  • From 13 January 2018 it will not be possible to pay HMRC using a personal credit card. The timing of this change coincides with the date from which HMRC will no longer be permitted to charge fees for payment by credit card.

A previous news item gave information about HMRC’s payment strategy and the Tax Faculty has recently revised its guide to paying tax to HMRC.