The organizers of the campaign have raised concerns about the ban imposed by HM Revenue and customs (HMRC) on the tax payment using credit card or through the Post Office.
Around 11 million people who complete a self-assessment tax return each year, with the deadline for forms on-line, January 31, approach.
Many have to settle with an income tax or capital gains tax bill.
Payments at the Post Office were banned in December, and the credit card option will be in court January 13.
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) said that he was concerned that some people struggle to find a way to pay at the time, and that some may resort to high-interest loans as they could not pay by credit card.
“To make the payments may not be straightforward for some taxpayers, and we are anxious to see that these changes are disseminated as widely as possible,” said Anne Fairpo, who presides over LITRG.
“If you make the payment of tax will cause hardship, recommend to the people in contact with HMRC as soon as possible, and certainly before the payment due date, to discuss your case.”
HMRC argued that the letters have been sent as part of a marketing campaign signaling the changes.Payment of ban
Millions of people that have more than one source of income or are self-employed are required to file a tax return.
The tax can still be paid with a debit card, through a bank, BAC, chaps or Faster Payments system, or through the establishment of a direct debit.
Employed people who owe less than £ 3,000 in your tax bill can be paid through your subsequent paye stand system, but only if they submitted their return online by 30 December.
However, the credit card payment option – used 454,000 in cases in 2016-17 – has been removed due to an impending change in the law that prohibits surcharges on Visa, Mastercard and American Express payments.
HM Revenue and customs (HMRC) has been charging up to 0.6% for payment by credit card, but would have had to pay the bill of did not forbid this method of payment.
“It would be unfair to expect other taxpayers to pick up this cost,” a spokesman for the HMRC said.
The change of the law, which led to the change in the rules, comes just a couple of weeks before the self-assessment deadline.Ads
The Transcash system, operated through the Post Office, was eliminated by the operator of Santander, the HMRC spokesman said. The tax authority was not the only user of the service and had no influence on this decision, he said.
HMRC has put in place a relatively high-profile campaign to ensure that people do not comply with the deadline, potentially leaving them with a fine of at least€ 100.
The online and billboard ads feature a man in the bathroom, still niggled by a duck. Instead of quacking, the duck repeats the word “tax”.
The government is working on plans to introduce a points system for those who do not submit their tax returns on time, instead of an automatic fine.