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Self assessment tax due by 31 January can be paid at the last minute - right up to midnight, in fact - using the Girobank BillPay website at .

Thursday 31 January is the deadline for the payment of any tax due for the year 2000-2001, as is the first payment on account for 2001-2002. From 1 February, interest on unpaid tax will be charged at 6.5%.

BillPay allows people to make payments to the Inland Revenue via the internet quickly and easily using a debit card, 24 hours a day. They do not need an online bank account. BillPay uses secure, 128-bit encryption technology.

Registering to use BillPay takes only a few moments and is carried out completely online. The taxpayer needs only their 10 digit self assessment reference number and debit card details.

Graham Baughan, BillPay product manager, said: "We expect our service will be very busy in the next few days as people move quickly to avoid paying interest on their unpaid tax."

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Notes to editors:

* A whole range of bills can be paid using debit cards ie Switch, Delta, Solo and Electron.

* Other electronic payment methods offered by the Inland Revenue include direct credit by BACS or CHAPS, telephone and internet banking, debit card over the telephone and direct debit.

* If a taxpayer needs assistance with a transaction they can contact the Inland Revenue e-business Helpdesk on 0845 60 55 999.

* Girobank BillPay has more than 60,000 registered users. In addition to the Inland Revenue, they can make payment to 150 other organisations, including councils and utility companies.

For further information please contact:

Peter Brown, Girobank Press Office 0116 200 3366

Paul Franklin, Inland Revenue Press Office 0207 438 6692

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