People who file self-assessment tax returns are being reminded that the next date for making a payment is imminent.
The year’s second instalment of payments on account for 2008/09 is due by 31 July.
Anyone who does not make the payment of tax owing for the second half of 2008/09 will face the risk of a 5 per cent surcharge on the amount due, while interest will begin to accumulate on the outstanding sums.
While the January deadline carries a month’s leeway before the surcharge becomes payable, the July date is not so accommodating, and the penalty charge will apply at once.
The date affects some 10 million taxpayers.