Important Notice: HMRC ceasing to accept personal credit cards from Saturday 13th January 2018

Sean Wiegand, Accountant, EssexPosted by Sean Wiegand:

You may have read recently that it will become law that companies are no longer allowed to levy surcharges to customers if they pay by debit or credit card with effect from 13th January.

The main industry where I have noticed the credit card surcharge has been for travel where I have had to pay a 2% surcharge to book a holiday or related costs such as flights and car hire. I have also seen it if I wanted to pay for a car deposit, car insurance, road fund license or council tax.

The good news is that from 13th January no surcharge can be levied on any transactions. In reality that may mean that the prices are increased slightly across the board so that businesses do not lose money as a result, however no one is obliged to accept a credit or debit card.

Up until 12th January 2018, HMRC will accept personal credit cards and will levy a surcharge, but as a result of this new law, they will no longer accept personal credit card payments to pay any outstanding taxes after this date.

If you do wish to pay by personal credit card, then payment should be made by 12th January and the link below can be used. Otherwise if you find yourself short for the self assessment deadline, you may have to look to an overdraft or taking a cash advance on a credit card which will be much more costly.

January 2018


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