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Interest rate changes announced by HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced the latest interest rates charged on late payments of and paid on overpayments of tax.

The reduced rates that cover quarterly instalment payments of Corporation Tax take effect from 16 March 2009. The rates for all other direct and indirect taxes, including National Insurance contributions paid, take effect from 24 March 2009. The rate of interest:

  • On late payments of Income Tax, National Insurance contributions, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty, etc. changes from 3.5% to 2.5%, while on overpayments of these taxes interest remains at 0%.
  • On late payments or repayments of Inheritance Tax changes from 1% to 0%.
  • On underpaid instalment payments of Corporation Tax changes from 2% to 1.5 % while on overpaid instalment payments of Corporation Tax, and on Corporation Tax paid early (but not due by instalments) the rate changes from 0.75% to 0.25%.
  • On unpaid Corporation Tax changes from 3.5% to 2.5% and on overpaid corporation tax remains at 0%.
  • On under-declared or over-repayments of VAT, Air Passenger Duty, Insurance Premium Tax, Landfill Tax, Climate Change Levy, Aggregates Levy changes from 3.5%to 2.5%.



Date: 17th March, 2009
Author: Cathy Corns


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