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Paying PAYE

How to pay HMRC our PAYE when the bank is closed?

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Hi everyone

I'm hoping someone has figured this out so I don't need to call HMRC and sit in a queue for hours.

I volunteer for a local charity and run their payroll for them. The only tax they need to pay is PAYE and this is only due once a quarter. I always take the paperwork with a duel-authorized cheque to the bank to pay this. Normally this is not a problem but now the banks have closed their front doors and my co-signatories are in isolation due to their age, I'm a bit stuck as to how to get the payment to HMRC. The charity has not been set up with a gateway account (or if it has then the person who set it up has forgotten and changed their phone and possibly moved away, making the login impossible).

Can anyone suggest a way I can pay HMRC the tax owed?

Thank you in advance.

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By Arthur Putey
27th Mar 2020 11:17

Just post them the cheque:

https://www.gov.uk/pay-paye-tax/by-post

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By Arthur Putey
27th Mar 2020 11:18

PS - if the cheque needs 2 signatures sign it, send it to the 2nd signatory and have them post it. Bit long winded but it will get there!

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By CHRISTINA GORHAM
27th Mar 2020 11:49

Thanks. I knew it would be obvious. Any idea if HMRC will be lenient on the deadlines if the Post Office also goes into lockdown?

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By Cheshire
27th Mar 2020 11:59

They arent that 'hot' on the PAYE fines anyway but you would have a reasonable (bloody good) excuse anyway

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By carnmores
27th Mar 2020 12:09

why haven't you got access to online banking? its hugely inefficient to write and post cheques the charity needs to get with it

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By Cheshire
27th Mar 2020 12:22

Some banks dont allow online banking if there are 2+ people to sign on the bank mandate, especially for the likes of smaller charities.

I think a lot of folk will be looking at contingency plans for the future...eventually.

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By carnmores
27th Mar 2020 12:52

I presumed that but most have a 2 stage authorisation process so look into that

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By carnmores
27th Mar 2020 12:54

And why pay it anyway it looks like the PAYE system will be used to pay the 80%

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By CHRISTINA GORHAM
27th Mar 2020 14:30

The 80% only applies if the employees are furloughed. Our employees will keep working so we can't claim the 80% staff retention grant. Also, I need to pay the PAYE for Q1. This includes time not covered by the grant and therefore is still payable even if we were eligible for the 80%.

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By carnmores
27th Mar 2020 15:57

fair comment but if there is a possibility that you might have to furlough soon i would hold on to the money

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By Comptable
27th Mar 2020 15:48

Most, if not all banks have two stage authorisation but those that I have looked at charge for it and if you are a small charity or business it can be a bit expensive.

Some accounts with online access that was set up when that all began have a two signature requirement but the bank seems never to have noticed that on-line they don't get that.

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