Category: Late Payment Law

Warning as millions of taxpayers owe money to HMRC – are you affected?

TAX debt is now more than double pre-pandemic levels with the National Audit Office (NAO) today warning the HMRC may struggle in dealing with the workload of collection. Up to 2.4 million taxpayers are thought to be in debt to HMRC since the pandemic with a total debt of £42billion in September according to the…




What should a late payment letter include?

Late payment or debt recovery letters as they are sometimes called can be an effective way to recover debts if they are put together correctly. Here’s some advice on how to compile your own letter and what and how much to include. Before we get started it is also worth noting that you may need…




‘Severe arrears’ now just cause for bailiff-enforced evictions

There’s been a further tweak to the eviction controls introduced in England for the duration of the lockdown, lasting until December 2. There has been substantial publicity for what is effectively a ban on evictions, which followed a letter from government to bailiff authorities asking them not to en force possession cases during the lockdown….




Payment holidays are due to end on October 31, but there is still a way to get financial support

Martin Lewis urges people with debt to apply for a payment holiday before the support ends in a few days. Martin Lewis has issued an urgent warning to anyone across the UK struggling with their finances due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Writing in the latest edition of the MoneySavingExpert.com newsletter, the consumer champion had…




Council tax support options explained

COUNCIL TAX, as many bill payers will know, can be a substantial outgoing when it comes to monthly bills. A few weeks ago, the temporary ban on face-to-face collection of debts came to an end – leaving some no doubt wondering what forms of support may be out there. The government’s five-month emergency suspension on…




Five rules bailiffs have to follow when they visit homes following the pandemic

Bailiffs are now able to approach debtors’ homes over repayments for fines, traffic offences, unpaid council tax and other outstanding penalties. The guidance, which has been published by the Ministry of Justice, outlines that goods can still be seized during the pandemic. But the procedure of bailiffs coming to visit people’s homes is now different from…




How to approach rental arrears in a COVID world

In the wake of COVID-19, local councils and housing providers have been jolted into finding new ways of delivering services and interacting with their tenants – especially when it comes to income collection and rent arrears. Increasingly, we’re seeing providers employ innovative strategies while moving from debt recovery to support provision. Behavioural insights tell us…




Your options when a debt becomes overdue

Once an invoice exceeds its credit terms, the likelihood of collecting the debt decreases as it grows older, which is why it’s worrying to see that 30% of businesses now classify more than 10% of their debtor book as over 90 days old. DIY Firstly, if you have a dedicated credit control team in house…




The pros and cons of taking legal action against late paying customers

With two in five small business owners (40%) saying that they are taking legal action against customers not paying them on time, we consider the pros and cons of taking legal action to recover what’s owed. According to new research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance, three in five small businesses are affected by late payments (62%)….




Top 5 excuses for late payments

Are you not being paid by someone or a client? We’ve put a list of ‘excuses’ that most companies use when you chase them for payment! 1. We can’t pay you until we get paid! “We are still waiting for payment from contractors/suppliers to make payment before we can pay you” 2. We sent you…