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Company Director Stress 7

Can't Pay Corporation Tax.

What are my options? How will affect the company?

Contact HBG Advisory for advice.

“Living an experience, a particular fate, is accepting it fully.” — Albert Camus

Can’t Pay Corporation Tax – What Next?

When you Can’t Pay Corporation Tax, then it reminds you of death. You can’t avoid it.

As a director of a limited company which is in financial difficulties and unable to pay your annual Corporation Tax, it is crucial to ensure that you deal with the problem. It will not go away. Interest, Fines and the potential visit from a Bailiff may follow.

So act now. Consult with HBG Advisory 0800 612 5448 and arrange an online meeting today to deal with the problem.

Contact the HMRC

Once you have accepted you are unable to pay your Corporation Tax, then before the date payment is due, contact the HMRC.

You need to speak with the Business Payment Support Service on 0300 200 3825.

If they reject your request for help, then contact HBG Advisory for immediate assistance. We have years of experience dealing on matters of tax. By contacting us, it does not infer that you are entering insolvency. Indeed a big part of our briefs is to act in a purely advisory capacity.

Can you Pay Corporation Tax by Installments?

The HMRC will listen to your request. You must ensure you have your facts and figures correct ready for questions by the HMRC. Usually, they will inquire as to why your company is finding it difficult to pay the tax? Also, they will ask what effort have you made to attempt payment. Finally, ensure your company can pay if asking for instalments. Do not agree if you are unable to agree to an acceptable payment plan. Seek help immediately from HBG Advisory.

If the HMRC agree to a Time to Pay arrangement, tax payments are then made by monthly instalments up to usually 12 months. The HMRC will agree with this when the company cannot pay now but has the ability over 12 months.

Ensure you keep to the plan on the set dates if you fail. The HMRC pay petition to Wind Up the company.

Delaying Corporation tax Payment?

Especially during the time of COVID-19 HMRC have made it clear they’re prepared to show tremendous flexibility with business owners struggling to pay.

Whether it’s Coronavirus or another extenuating circumstance, it’s best to speak honestly and forthrightly with HM & Revenue about your particular situation. You may be surprised at their response.

Negotiating “Time to Pay” with the HMRC

The HMRC do negotiate. Though, it is wise to use an experienced firm, to act for you.
Negotiations work though, if you have a viable business and have not had previous failed talks in the past.
However if you fail to pay or agree on an arrangement, they will begin enforcement to recover the debt.

In the form of:
Earnings or pension directly.
Instruct debt collectors.
Apply to your bank for the money.
Take possession of company assets and sell them.
Apply to the courts for recovery.
Wind the business up.

As a Director , am I Personally Responsible for Corporation tax?

As a Company Director, you are a separate legal entity to your company. Therefore, you are not liable for your companies liabilities (Unless you have given a personal Guarantee.) in insolvency, however you may be liable if you traded wrongfully or fraudulently.

If involved in the knowing mismanagement of your company, as a company director, you may be personally liable then for monies owed and not rank in the normal mode of paying creditors.

Therefore ensure you keep up to date with your company records. Additionally, ask your accountant to produce management accounts monthly and explain them.

In conclusion, if you are a director, act responsibly.

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