If You do Not Pay Your Tax Bill


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will take ‘enforcement action’ to get the money if you do not pay your tax bill.
You may be able to avoid enforcement action if you contact HMRC, for example if you’ve missed a payment or cannot pay on time.
There are a number of enforcement actions HMRC can take to get the tax you owe. They can:
If you do not pay your tax on time, you’ll probably have to pay interest on the outstanding amount. You may also have to pay a penalty or surcharge.

How to avoid enforcement action

Contact HMRC as soon as you can - you may be able to either:
  • get more time to pay
  • pay in instalments
You must contact HMRC if you disagree with a tax decision, for example the amount of tax you’re being asked to pay.
See also:
For further information: