Publications that covered this story include The Times on 9 December, the Daily Telegraph on 11 December and the Daily Mail on 30 December.
- HMRC drop payment method causing inconvenience for many taxpayers
HMRC have confirmed they will no longer accept personal credit cards for payments from 13 January 2018.
New legislation* prevents HMRC from charging taxpayers a fee when they pay by credit card. Rather than scrap the fee, HMRC have instead banned the use of personal credit cards when making a payment.
Following HMRC's announcement, Andrew Snowdon, head of tax in our London office, says:
“It beggars belief that HMRC would take such a customer unfriendly approach- using a credit card may be the only way some taxpayers can afford to pay their tax bills.”
“The ban comes at a tough time in the economy and is insensitive to say the least.”
“Instead of finding a way to implement the new rules, HMRC have simply dropped a mainstream payment method.”
“Banning the use of credit cards is going to cause many taxpayers a real inconvenience, particularly many on lower incomes who may rely more heavily on them.”
“The timing of this announcement is especially awkward with the end of the tax year looming.”