HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) is the body responsible for taxes such as income tax, national insurance, VAT arrears, and tax credit. Unlike some forms of debt, these expenses are considered priority and – as a result – should be paid as soon as possible.
Otherwise, the consequences could be severe – potentially resulting in legal action or bailiffs. Fortunately, help is available. We have a proven track record in dealing with HMRC debt and could help you get on top of your finances.
Initially though, when attempting to get on top of HRMC arrears, you may wish to consider the following steps:
Is HMRC right?
It’s easy to assume that a large government body such as HMRC is right 100% of the time. However, this is not the case. From lost letters to incorrect calculations, the organisation isn’t perfect.
Therefore, you should double-check any demands for repayment to make sure they’re accurate. If you believe that a mistake has been made, contact HMRC and request they confirm their calculations.
Potentially, your tax debts could just be a simple mistake.
Confirm your financial situation with HMRC
If a demand for repayment is accurate though, you should budget carefully to identify if a bill can be repaid. If not, this may identify whether cutbacks need to be made or illustrate just what you can afford to pay HMRC.
By budgeting initially, you may be able to negotiate changes to your repayments. Of course, this is entirely at HRMC’s discretion.
Don’t ignore HMRC
The worst thing you can do, if in arrears to HMRC, is to ignore them. It’s important to keep them posted as to what measures you’re taking to repay the debt. If you choose us to help you, telling the firm we’re assisting you should effectively resolve the situation and stop them from sending demands for repayment.
Not paying HMRC can have serious consequences. For example, the firm may initiate collections through direct recovery, bailiff involvement, legal action, and starting bankruptcy proceedings.
HMRC has the power to recover funds straight from your bank or building society account should you fall behind on repayments. Fortunately, they won’t do this straight away and you’ll be notified as to when (or if) they plan to do so.
HMRC can (and does) use private debt collection agencies to collect arrears. This can, in turn, escalate to bailiff involvement where your assets may be confiscated to repay HMRC.
HMRC can take you to court to reclaim debts. In this situation, you may have to pay what you owe as well as cover the court’s costs.
Should you be unable to pay HMRC, the organisation may petition to make you bankrupt. Although bankruptcy should write off what you owe, your assets will also be sold so HMRC can recover as much of the debt as possible.
If HMRC launches an investigation into your finances, they can chase a debt which as old as 20 years. However, the standard timeframe for an investigation is four. Therefore, if you’re hoping HMRC will simply forget about what you owe – they won’t.
It is possible to get HMRC debts written off through a debt solution such as an IVA. However, the firm has to agree to this. As a result, you should be in a position where the solution ultimately grants HMRC more money than they would otherwise have gained through bankruptcy.
Failing to pay HMRC can result in serious consequences. Chances are though, you already know this. In an ideal world, you would have the money to send to HMRC but we know sometimes that just isn’t possible.
The good news though is that we can help. With a proven track record in resolving HMRC debts, we’re expertly placed to provide the support you need. Get in touch today through the simple application form below and we’ll be able to identify a solution suitable for your needs.Help me with HMRC Debt
* As of 02/02/21 15,377 of our customers were in an active IVA. ** Average unsecured debt anticipated to be written off for IVAs approved between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 is £10,568, based upon successful completion. *** Based on 363 independent verified Feefo reviews as of 10th March 2021, for the full details of these please click here.
Unpaid taxes shouldn’t have a direct impact on your credit score as agencies such as Experian and Equifax haven’t used tax debts on reports since April 2018. However, being in debt to HMRC will still have other consequences, such as potential legal action.
HMRC debts can be included on an IVA.