HMRC increases late payment interest rates

As a result of the decision by the By of England to increase the base rate, HMRC has now confirmed that the late payment interest rate increased by 0.25%.

This increase has been set in place since 14 February 2022 for quarterly instalment payments and from 21 February for non-quarterly instalment payments.

At the beginning of February the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) increased the base rate to 0.5%.

As HMRC interest rates are connected to the Bank of England base rate, the 0.25% increase in base rate triggered an increase in rates for late payments. 

The new rate now applies to late payments for income tax, national insurance contributions, capital gains tax, stamp duty land tax, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax.

The corporation tax pay and file rate will also increase to 3% for late payments, whilst the repayment rate remains 0.5%. 

The rate for corporation tax self assessment will also be charged at 3%. The interest charged on underpaid quarterly instalment payments rises to 1.5% from 1.25%.

The rate rise comes shortly after two consecutive rises in the Bank of England’s base rate. In accordance with the December 2021 announcement, interest paid on overpaid quarterly instalment payments and on early payments of corporation tax not due by instalments will remain at 0.5%, this has not changed since March 2009. 

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