CCH Daily reports that HMRC has confirmed that employers will not be able to pay PAYE penalties with a personal credit card from 13 January 2018.
However, it will continue to accept payments by company credit card or debit card, as well as BACS payments.
All payments must include the 14 or 15 character payment reference that begins with X and is on the payslip. Payments may be delayed if the wrong reference is used.
It will also not accept part payments by credit or debit card so any employers who are unable to make full payment by card will have to pay a different way, through telephone banking, CHAPS or Bacs using sort code 08 32 10, account number 12001020 via HMRC Shipley account.
Elaine Clark is unimpressed, and refers to HMRC's decision as "bonkers":
"Surely the role of HMRC is to collect tax!I agree, on the face of it this decision makes no sense given that HMRC still accepts card payments.
If someone is willing to settle debts, regardless of the source of funds, isn't it HMRC's remit to collect the tax on behalf of the Government.
Otherwise what is their job?
Personally I think they HMRC have lost the plot or they have some sort of hidden agenda which we can all speculate about.
Whatever is happening this is just a completely bonkers decision which would have cost money to implement!"
Does anyone know why HMRC has done this?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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