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Taxation: Computer System

Volume 699: debated on Monday 18 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will allow those making tax contributions this year extra time should the contributor's computer system fail. [HL1770]

HM Revenue and Customs does not allow extra time in the event of a customer's computer system failing. There is a variety of payment methods available which do not rely on computer access. Customers are notified in advance of the date(s) that payment is due. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure payment reaches HMRC on time. There is full “how to pay” guidance relating to all, and this sets out the various methods of payment requests and reminders issued by HMRC.