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Unable to clear HMRC debt?

Are you and your company in financial distress? Unable to clear HMRC Debt? Is it as a direct result of the coronavirus COVID19 pandemic? If so, contact HBG Advisory now for assistance and arrange a Time to Pay agreement with the HMRC.

The support package stated in the March 2020 budget, confirmed that the existing HMRC Time to Pay scheme continues to allow companies to manage their ongoing tax affairs.

UK Businesses expect to be financially affected negatively by the pandemic. Many companies are suffering and have extreme pressures placed on cash flow. Eventually, businesses fall into arrears with creditors.

However, during the challenge of the pandemic, help has been made available to UK business.

CBILS promotes lending to viable UK businesses who have been refused a loan, due to weak security. For further detailed help read Enterprise Finance Guarantee.

Business owners need to ensure; they become aware that their company may be facing financial and operational difficulties. If your business remains under threat as a consequence of the pandemic, then contact HBG Advisory and arrange a free, confidential virtual online meeting today.

Telephone 0800 612 5448.

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1 How Does HMRC Collect Its Debts?

2 Debt collection: confirm the identity of HMRC staff with HMRC

3 Contacting HMRC About my Companies Tax.

4 Dealing with HMRC Debt Collectors? (Bailiffs)

5 Received an HMRC Notice of Enforcement?

6 HMRC Debt Collectors Appear?

7 Your Rights?

May 8th Enforcement Officers Take Personal Items?

9 Clear HMRC Debt – Time allowed on an HMRC Time To Pay?

10 Can the HMRC Break the agreement?

11 Clear HMRC Debt – Options if the HMRC Don’t Allow A TTP Agreement?

12 Clear HMRC Debt – Can’t Pay Vat – Unable to Pay VAT Due to Coronavirus Covid19?

13 Getting help with VAT arrears?

14 VAT arrears?

15 What happens if your company has VAT and PAYE arrears?

16 Clear HMRC Debt – Options available to Directors? To avoid personal liability.

17 Types of Insolvency – Insolvency Options

18 Debt Management Plans (DMP)

19 Clear HMRC Debt – Changes to UK insolvency law come into force

19.1 Further Reading

How Does HMRC Collect Its Debts?

HMRC collects taxes to pay for the services we use and require.

The process of collecting taxes commences with issuing a tax demand for those who have either failed to pay or refuse.

Therefore, if that process receives no action or response, then HMRC instruct outsourced debt collectors. The outsourced debt collectors currently used by the HMRC include:

  • Advantis Credit Ltd
  • Apex Credit Management Ltd
  • Bluestone Credit Management Ltd
  • CCS Collect (also known as Commercial Collection Services Ltd)
  • Drydensfairfax Solicitors
  • Moorcroft
  • Past Due Credit Solutions (PDCS)
  • Resolvecall Ltd
  • Rossendales Ltd
  • Walker Love

Court Action Pending From HMRC

If HMRC is threatening court action. It is then essential you deal with the matter URGENTLY. For assistance to ensure you get the

best possible chance. Contact HBG Advisory on 0800 612 5448.

Contacting HMRC About Tax

For assistance contacting the HMRC and the correct department, read our page HMRC Offices Around The UK.

HMRC Business Debt Line0300 200 3887

Debt collection: confirm the identity of HMRC staff with HMRC

Please carry out the following:

  • Ask to see the collector’s photo ID.
  • Make a note of the ID number on the photo ID.
  • Call this phone number.0300 200 3862
  • Give HMRC the ID number.
  • HMRC will confirm if the collector is genuine.

Contacting HMRC About my Companies Tax.

The HMRC covers many tax departments. Therefore, understanding who to contact is essential. Our webpage HMRC OFFICES UK details the prime contact points as well as opening times, which saves time. Once through to the correct department, ensure you additionally note everything said and what actions required.

Moreover, in addition to our webpage, further help can be found on HMRC.

Dealing with HMRC Debt Collectors? (Bailiffs)

The HMRC collect the Tax. However, if your not in a position to pay them, then inform the HMRC and do not avoid them. Contact remains essential. Often a Time to Pay arrangement may be arranged, providing you keep contact once receiving your tax demand. Further delay may, therefore, cause the HMRC not to offer rearrangement. Accordingly proceed to enforce recovery of the debt.

If payment not made, then the HMRC instruct enforcement officers to attend your premises to collect the debt. Therefore it may have fatal consequences on the ongoing viability of your company. Act Fast!

Failing to clear HMRC most importantly, attracts Interest and penalties.

Received an HMRC Notice of Enforcement?

IMPORTANT that you understand your rights. Providing you respond fast, then your opportunity to sort a Time to Pay may still be available.

Fail to respond and not clear the outstanding debt; then within fourteen days, agents attend your premises.

HMRC Debt Collectors Appear?

Once HMRC debt collectors attend, they secure goods available under a Controlled Goods Agreement for seizure. They sell these goods at public auction, on account of the outstanding debt. NOTE: you may be still able to offer full payment plus agent attendance costs at this stage. Do not allow the position to escalate if possible.

Your Rights?

Enforcement officers and bailiffs can force entry into commercial premises; however, authority required by the Court.

Upon entry, HMRC debt collectors seize goods to cover the debt (Including costs.). All goods sold at public auction. Your perceived value may not equate to that raised at the auction.

Before removal, the enforcement officer completes a “Controlled Goods Agreement”. You are required to sign the agreement, and then have seven additional days to clear the debt, including enforcement costs. Failure to sign means the officer may remove the goods immediately. NOTE: Signing the agreement means you may not sell any of the goods listed.

May Enforcement Officers Take Personal Items?


Encountering cash flow issues, paying the HMRC, usually, then the first thing director’s stop paying. The HMRC remains the most common creditor in business, and usually, insolvent companies owe a debt to them. Paying taxes late can alert the HMRC that possibly your business is in financial crisis and potentially insolvent. Therefore you take must act quickly. Contact HBG Advisory now for support and direction from Licensed Insolvency Practitioners.

Subject to your companies financial position, you may negotiate and agree an extra time to pay the debt off while paying your regular payment. Known as a Time to Pay arrangement with HMRC.

Clear HMRC Debt – Time allowed on an HMRC Time To Pay?- Can I pay my vat bill in instalments?

IF you consider negotiating a Time To Pay agreement, the HMRC assesses the viability of your company. They recognise that well-run businesses can undergo cash flow problems. They usually are prepared to listen to you, if your businesses face genuine financial difficulty and that the directors have done everything to date to ensure tax payments paid. You should

note A Time to Pay agreement is for a specified period. Each agreement requires assessing its values; therefore, the time agreed may deviate from business to business. A TTP agreement for more than a year is not the norm but is achievable. If a more extended instalment plan needed, then directors should explore other insolvency recovery options. Remember, a TTP does not help all companies moving forwards. Remember to consider all creditor pressures along with market trends. Therefore consult HBG Advisory for help.

Can the HMRC Break the agreement?

Once a formal agreement has finalised, the HMRC must, by law keep to the arrangements unless an exceptional incident happens. Usually, changes in your business financial situation may mean it is no longer supportive of the agreed TTP plan; then they have the right to withdraw. Honesty is crucial. If the HMRC find that your application fraudulent, they can terminate the agreement. Should you default paying, then they can terminate the agreement. Remember, if your financial situation worsens, they then reassess their risk and the potential of the debt rising again. Please note, a Time to Pay agreement is to assist distressed companies in situation short term and not to support insolvent companies. If a creditor is wounding up your business, then the outstanding TTP agreement becomes void.

Clear HMRC Debt – Options if the HMRC Don’t Allow A TTP Agreement?

How then do you clear HMRC debt? Not being able to have additional time to pay off your business tax liabilities causes further problems for the company and its directors.

Common reasons include the rationale for a TTP proposal rejected. Usually, companies refused because the HMRC doubt the companies ability to pay the whole debt in an acceptable time frame.

If rejected for a TTP arrangement, then further options exist. Business rescue and recovery options which may offer better outcomes for your business. You are looking for additional funding. Though consider if you have other pressing creditors in addition to HMRC. The company may need then to find a formal restructuring process such as a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Help from HBG Advisory

Whatever you do, do not give up. HBG Advisory experienced team of licensed insolvency practitioners can offer you a free initial consultation in total confidence. We can explore the range of options available to you and your business. If struggling with cash flow issues about HMRC and or other debts, contact HBG Advisory now and make a positive step getting your business on an assured financial way forward and relieving stressful pressures from you and your team.footing.

Clear HMRC Debt – Can’t Pay Vat – Unable to Pay VAT Due to Coronavirus Covid19?

If due to the coronavirus, your business is unable to pay HMRC, your company will not incur paying the penalty. You may, therefore:

  • suspend VAT payments due before June 30th 2020 and pay them any time up to March 31st 2021 or
  • Further additionally, defer your self-assessment on account payable July 2020, until January 31st 2021.
  • To ensure a formal agreement. Make contact with the HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline (0800 024 1222). Suppose your company is unable to pay any other tax bills, as a direct consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Remember you will have to pay this over to the HMRC so ensure you keep it safe.

Getting help with VAT & Tax Arrears?

HMRC is usually a creditor on any insolvency. When a company enters into low cash flow, they often delay or cease payment to HMRC for Vat followed by NIC.

Ignoring your fiduciary duty to pay VAT as and when it falls due can have profound implications for you as an officer of the company and the company itself.

VAT arrears?

VAT (Value Added Tax) collected by traders, is an indirect tax paid then to the UK Government.

As a former member of the EU, though still partly not clear of their control, the VAT rate may not fall below 15%. Currently, the standard in the UK, however, remains 20%. Still, with our exit from the EU and with the Coronavirus Covid19 pandemic, the central government is, however, considering changes to help reflate the UK economy.

To start charging VAT (Output Tax), along with reclaiming it (Input tax). Your company turnover, therefore, has to be £85,000. (net)

So, however, f your company has some form of insolvency proceedings, then the HMRC can list as an unsecured creditor.

What happens if your company has VAT and PAYE arrears?

Seek professional insolvency advice as quickly as possible once you realise your arrears.

Take action immediately as proof that you then acted as a responsible director. You may be held liable personally for your company debts if-then proven you acted not in your companies creditors’ interests or even wrongful or fraudulent trading.

HMRC focus

HMRC focus is tax collection process, For instance, late payment is an issue, and as an officer of the company, therefore you must treat this problem with care and remember your liability if you ignore HMRC.

HMRC options include a winding-up petition to dissolve your limited company and to commence a compulsory liquidation with the official receiver appointed.

Can I pay My VAT by Cheque?

Use the paying-in slips provided by HMRC to pay your VAT at your own bank or building society by cheque. Cheques should be payable to ‘HM Revenue and Customs only’ adding your 9-digit VAT registration number. This may be found in your VAT online account.

Clear HMRC Debt – Options available to Directors? To avoid personal liability:-

  • Pay debts due to HMRC.
  • Refinance company assets
  • Raise emergency credit
  • Invoice factoring
  • raise finance from director loans
  • Request a Time to Pay arrangement with HMRC

Types of Insolvency – Insolvency Options

Debt Management Plans (DMP)

A DMP is an agreement between you (Personally) and your creditors when you financially may not be able to pay your debt. It enables you to repay a smaller amount then monthly. However, You still have to repay all the original debt, over a longer time. This form of debt arrangement scheme helps to pay you tax bill, deal with tax arrears personally and avoids increasing tax debt and bankruptcy for further assistance with a DMP contact Citizens Advice. Other help may be given by Tax aid and other debt charity sites when you can’t afford to pay the HMRC.

Clear HMRC Debt – Changes to UK insolvency law come into force

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act received Royal Assent valid June 26th,2020.

The Act then gives interim relief until September 30th 2020 for companies receiving a winding-up petition, wrongful trading. However this will be extended if the pandemic continues And where a company shows its troubles, result from COVID-19 pandemic. For further up to date news view Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

Since June 26th of this year, changes in insolvency law in the UK are in place to assist protecting companies from insolvency. Financial penalties currently remain suspended by the HMRC.

However, though, county courts have re-opened in line with government health guidelines.

Aspects of insolvency rules have changed and to help companies, deal with creditors. The HMRC being one.

As an officer, consult with an insolvency practitioner if your company is experiencing cash flow issues.

Ask yourself, is your company insolvent?

If the answer is Yes, you then have the power to appoint an IP and register an intention to appoint an administrator.

In conclusion, however, Tax is like death. It exists and then never goes away. Above all, talking helps, action though moreover is the answer. So, therefore, deal with it.

Personal Tax Debt Advice.

For advice on tax debt personally. Contact Jonathan Waller on 0800 612 5448 who will pass you over to our sister company who are qualified to discuss matters with you.

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