Payment on Account can easily be confused with the advance payments, which you make as a part of your tax bills. HMRC runs and manages a system which is known as “Payment on Account” for professional individuals who pay their taxes through self-assessment.
What are Payment on Account (POA)?
There are several debates over the way concept works amongst people who are still not able to precisely comprehend one of the most fundamental elements of the Self-Assessment process. Essentially, Payment on Account`s been introduced by HMRC to help sole-traders to spread their tax payments throughout the year to make life easier for themselves. However, it became an obstruction for those who struggle with clearing their bills off by causing extra financial burdens.
Payment on Account is not applicable if at least 80% of your income has already been taxed through PAYE or any other deductions. Payment on Account shall also not be calculated if the last self-assessment tax bill was less than £1,000. As the concept is designed to make you pay your tax bill partially in advance, there is a difference between the tax amount payable and the amount expected. The first installment is due on 31st January and the second installment is due on 31st July.
The first installment of the Payment on Account is usually around 50% of the last tax bill. The system also includes Class 4 National Insurance Contributions but does not include the repayment of student loans or Capital Gains Tax.
Reducing the Payment on Account
The applicable figure of Payment on Account primarily depends on how much the previous tax bill is, as HMRC is already convinced that your business will continue to grow substantially at the previous year’s rate.
It is a real-life scenario in which your income may drastically change over the years and, hence the applicable taxes will also be as part of your generated income. If you expect your next year’s income will be relatively lower, then you may apply to subdue the Payment on Account. Our expert accountants can assist you in doing this.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of professional individuals often face difficulties in paying their tax bill as they prefer to decrease the Payment on Account. People also favor using this option when they are confident over being on a better off financially in the future.
Underpaying the Taxes
You can always keep Payment on Account option open to use, but you should also be aware of the consequences that may follow for any underpaid tax. The prospective issues are almost always in relation to the interest rates, that may increase as a result of underpaying.
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