Over 700 people used Girobank's internet bill payment service on 31 January to meet the Self Assessment tax deadline.
Between them, on 31 January alone, they used the BillPay service at http://www.billpayment.co.uk to pay almost £1.3 million in tax. Throughout
January, more than 2,500 taxpayers used the site to pay £3.3 million.
If you still have any Self Assessment tax to pay, BillPay is available 24
hours a day, making it a very convenient method to use.
Any payments not made in time for the 31 January deadline will have
automatically attracted interest at the Inland Revenue's current APR of
6.5%. Additionally, there will be a 5.0 per cent surcharge on amounts still
outstanding on 28 February.
The Inland Revenue is one of 145 organisations that accept payments via
http://www.billpayment.co.uk . Users do not need an online bank account - just a
debit card. BillPay uses secure, 128-bit encryption technology.
Registering to use BillPay takes only a few moments and is carried out completely online.
Graham Baughan, BillPay product manager, said: "No-one likes to pay tax but, with BillPay, we have tried to make the process as easy and painless as
"Anyone who has not returned their self assessment form or paid their tax
should do so soon - the additional costs will quickly mount up if they
For further information, please contact:
Peter Brown, Girobank Press Office 0116 200 3366
Inland Revenue Press Office 0207 438 6692
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 and debit card over the telephone.
* 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 145 other organisations, including
councils and utility companies.
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