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HMRC –Security Deposits on the increase

Whist it has recently been reported that insolvency figures are rising, and the number of winding-up petitions presented by HMRC are of a significant number (2,385 for the 2023 calendar year), we are seeing an increase in HMRC serving security deposits in respect of PAYE/NIC/VAT liabilities where HMRC believe there is a risk that taxes will not be paid.

These security deposits are requested from the company and can also be requested from the directors of the company personally, with threat of committing a criminal offence if the security payment is not made.

The security deposit requests, along with the presentation of a winding-up petition, are the last resort for HMRC who would much prefer to work with companies to try and recover sums outstanding. It is important therefore if companies are struggling to make good tax liabilities that they contact HMRC  to agree an affordable payment plan.

Should you be struggling to pay not just HMRC but also other creditors in a timely fashion, then please contact PBC Business Recovery & Insolvency  on 01604 212150 (Northampton), 01908 488653 (Milton Keynes) or email to to discuss your available options.  Alternatively, visit for further information.