HMRC have advised that from 13 January 2018, personal credit card payments to HMRC cannot be accepted.
HMRC have accepted credit card payments from individuals, but from 13 January 2018, this method of payment will no longer be available.
HMRC’s hand has been forced due to a change in EU law, which prohibits merchants (including HMRC) from recharging credit card fees to payers. As HMRC is only allowed to accept credit card payments on the basis there is no cost to the public purse, this new law will mean HMRC cannot accept credit card payments from the date the law changes.
As the date that the change arises is before the end of January, this may unexpectedly catch out some Self Assessment tax clients who are waiting to closer to 31 January 2018 to make their payment. If you need to make payment of your self assessment liability due on 31 January 2018 by credit card you will need to do so before 13 January 2018.
Corporate, business and commercial credit cards are not affected and debit card payments will still be allowed.