Deferring Income Tax payments

Published 30th March 2020

On 26th March 2020, HMRC published the following update to support people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19:


Support for businesses through deferring Income Tax payments

For Income Tax Self-Assessment, payments due on the 31 July 2020 may be deferred until 31 January 2021.


You are eligible if you are due to pay your second self-assessment payment on account on 31 July. You do not need to be self-employed to be eligible for the deferment.

The deferment is optional. If you are still able to pay your second payment on account on 31 July you should do so.

How to access the scheme

This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged if you defer payment until January 2021.


Should you have any questions regarding this or any other tax matters, please do not hesitate to contact us.