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Paying your Self-Assessment tax bill: What you need to know

If you have a Self-Assessment tax bill, you must make sure that you pay this before the 31st January deadline. Missing the deadline will result in penalties and added interest from HMRC.

There are multiple ways you can pay your tax bill, all with different processing times. It's important to take note of the time you need, depending on which option you choose to pay.

Online or telephone banking (same or next day)

You can make a transfer directly from your online banking to HMRC's following details:

Account name: HMRC Cumbernauld

Sort Code: 08 32 10 Account number: 12001039

Account name: HMRC Shipley

Sort Code: 08 32 10 Account number: 12001020

If you're not sure which account to pay, use HMRC Cumbernauld.

You'll also need to use your 11-character payment reference when you pay. This is your 10-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) followed by the letter 'K'.

By debit or corporate credit card online (same day)

Please note you can no longer pay via a personal credit card and there is also a fee pay to pay if you're paying via corporate credit card.

You'll also need your reference number when you pay.

Direct debit (3 days if you've set one up with HMRC before, 5 days if a new set up)

You can set up a direct debit through your HMRC online account to make a single payment for 31st January. Ensure you set up another direct debit before 31st July if you need to make a payment on account.

Ensure you have your reference number to hand.

By cheque via post (at least 3 working days)

You can send a cheque by post to HM Revenue and Customs details below:




Make the cheque payable to 'HM Revenue and Customs only' followed by your 11-character payment reference.

Include the paying-in slip HMRC sent you (if you still get paper statements) Do not fold the paying-in slip or cheque or fasten them together.

If you don't have a paying-in-slip you can print one here:

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