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Negotiating with HMRC

HMRC will often allow a Time To Pay (TTP) Arrangement

We can help you with those negotiations to get the required result

Can you negotiate with HMRC?

If you Can’t  pay your VAT or PAYE bill to HMRC on time, then something is wrong within your business.

Paying debts to HMRC, whether VAT, PAYE, Corporation Tax, on time is essential for every business. Failure to do so results in action against the company.

Do not create a “head in the sand” moment.

Take action immediately. Failure to do so can affect your ability to make any negotiations with HMRC difficult and can also result in penalty fines and interest charged.

For example If still before your payment due date then you should call their Business Support Line and talk to them. Don’t think there are any “soft” options; You need to be honest about the cash flow issue you have and how you can make good the monies due. Failure to do so will result in legal action against the business. If this is not the first time your payment has been late, then do not expect much support, unless you can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances for this repeat issue.

Avoid a Compulsory winding up order or having to consider a “Creditors Voluntary Liquidation” by taking early preventative action now!

HMRC Business Payment Support Service

Telephone: 0300 200 3835

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 8 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8 am to 4 pm

If you have missed the payment deadline and have already received a letter from HMRC threatening legal action, then you must contact that HMRC office.


Before you contact HMRC:-

  • You’ll need to know:
  • your reference number (for example, your 10-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference or VAT reference number)
  • the amount of the tax bill you’re finding it difficult to pay and the reasons why?
  • what you’ve done to try to get the money to pay the bill
  • how much you can pay immediately and how long you may need to pay the rest?
  • your bank account details

What happens when you contact HMRC?

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will ask you about your income and expenditure
  • your assets, savings and investments
  • What you’re doing to get your tax payments back in order

HMRC will decide whether you should be able to pay immediately. If unable, they’ll determine whether you’ll be able to get your payments back on track with more time.

In more complex cases, HMRC may ask for proof before they make a decision.

The positive news is that HMRC may allow you time to pay your debt, also known as TTP (Time To Pay) Arrangement.

If agreed HMRC will assess what you can pay now and then how much over what period, usually by Direct Debit on dates agreed. You will be liable to interest on the late payments.

If you agree a TTP Arrangement, then you must keep those payments up to date. Otherwise, it is likely to be cancelled and immediate legal action issued.

HMRC Tax Help?

PAYE/N.I. Tax Bill Problems?

Limited companies afford director’s protection, though, does not apply to PAYE or National Insurance arrears when a director is proven negligent. When this is the case, directors should seek help from a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner immediately.

Trading while insolvent and allowing preference to a creditor over PAYE or NI can enable the HMRC to take action .

Can’t pay your VAT?

VAT arrears should be acted upon promptly. Notable VAT arrears is a sign of insolvency. Therefore this may prompt HMRC to investigate the company’s overall tax affairs.

What you can do: VAT Arrears requires immediate resolution. Ensure you contact the HMRC as soon as you are aware you Can’t pay your VAT. Negotiate if. If you experience problems contact HBG Advisory and we we will assist.

Unable to pay corporation tax?

Corporation tax. – A tax paid by businesses on year-end profits. The rate of tax is 19%. 

The HMRC claim corporation tax payments, providing profits are below £1.5 million, nine months after your business tax period ends. Often this creates a problem, as some business owners use the tax provision, rather than pay it over as when due if not before. It then becomes challenging to find the tax money later.

When this happens, the HMRC uses the same collection strategy to collect outstanding corporation tax – They will issue fines, and as such, the debt can increase substantially. So it is essential you look for advice quickly and arrange a Time to Pay arrangement failing which consult a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner for further information.

HMRC’s Powers to secure overdue Tax.

HMRC are no longer a Preferential Creditor. In April 2014 changes to the Law allows the HMRC to secure Tax that is overdue from an individual or company bank account. To do this, the HMRC has a duty of care advising you and the company of its intentions via numerous requests and demands. They have the option to freeze your bank account as an initial warning to leverage their position to prompt you to pay. Legally, if they do this, £5,000 must be left in your bank account after they have drawn cash out.

Can the HMRC pursue directors for Tax Arrears?

The HMRC  can pursue directors personally for PAYE tax arrears and National Insurance Contributions under the Social Security Act.


But you are not alone. We have helped many businesses with cash flow issues and prepared their case for negotiating with HMRC. Remember, the HMRC are an Unsecured Creditor. It is a “negotiation” and asking for 12 months to pay; you may only get offered only 6. We have experience on how to negotiate that could help you. 

Please contact us for a confidential and no-obligation discussion.

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