What happens if I pay my corporation tax late?

I paid my company’s corporation tax late because of cashflow problems. Will I be charged interest and penalties?

1st March 2013

Interest will indeed be charged from the due date, to the date HM Revenue & Customs received their payment from you at their official ‘Late payment interest rate’. However, there are no late payment penalties for corporation tax at the moment.

Please note, this only applies to the payment of your company’s outstanding corporation tax. So if you also filed the company’s corporation return late, then HMRC will charge you late filing penalties.

If you are finding it difficult to keep on top of your company’s affairs, your local TaxAssist Accountant would be happy to deal with this for you. They can review your company’s affairs for any tax planning opportunities or reliefs available to you and help you manage your cashflow more effectively.

By Jo Nockels

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