Making VAT payments
HMRC’s bank account details for VAT payments have changed with effect from 8 July 2009. This is part of an ongoing exercise by HMRC which involves moving its banking arrangements from the Bank of England to commercial banks.
HMRC is now using Citi Bank for electronic payments by BACS Direct, Internet/telephone banking and CHAPS.
HMRC’s new bank details are as follows:
Account name: HMRC VAT
Account number: 11963155
Sort code: 08 32 00
When making payments it is important that businesses use their VAT registration number as the reference number to ensure payments are correctly credited to their VAT account. The VAT number should be used with no gaps to save unnecessary delays in processing the payment.
Whilst HMRC is working closely with banks to implement the new account details some banks may be unable to process the payment using the new account details. HMRC will continue to process payments made using the old bank details for the time being. Businesses using the new banking details should ensure that all templates and instructions for online banking payments are updated.
Bank Giro payments will also be changing and going forward transactions will be handled by Natwest Bank. New Bank Giro books will be printed in due course. In the meantime, payments should be made as normal.