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Collection of tax

I have a full time job and in my spare time, I also have a craft business which I look after at weekends and evenings. Finding the money for my tax bill every January is always a bit of a struggle- especially after Christmas. Is there anything I can do to make my tax bill a bit more manageable?

Yes, you have 2 main options:

Collected from your wages

You could opt to have it collected from your wages through your tax code. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can currently collect debts of up to £3,000 by adjusting your Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax code. HMRC refers to this as ‘coding out’. The effect of this is to recover the debt from your income, by increasing the amount that we deduct from your income during the tax year.

Taxpayers wishing to have their tax bills coded out should tick the appropriate box on their tax return and submit it by 31st October if filing on paper or 30 December if filing online.

From April 2015, the £3,000 coding out limit that can be collected through PAYE tax codes will be increased for those with annual earnings of £30,000 or more. A maximum coding out limit of £17,000 applies for those with annual earnings of £90,000 or more. 

Direct Debit

Or you could set up a Budget Payment Plan for Self Assessment. Budget Payment Plans are available to Self Assessment customers who pay by online Direct Debit and are up to date to with their payments.

If you haven't paid the full amount you owe through your Budget Payment Plan then you will need to make another payment to cover the difference. You can do this by setting up another Direct Debit and your payment must reach HMRC by the due date.

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