Often one of the most financially burdensome taxes for businesses, corporation tax arrears are extremely common in companies across all sectors. Due once a year at a current rate of 19%, the amount payable is determined by the company’s profits over its financial year. Any investments the company holds will also be subject to corporation tax, as will any chargeable gains, i.e. selling assets for more than they originally cost.
Those with profits in excess of £1.5m pay corporation tax in instalments, however, for those businesses earning less than this, the entire amount due must be paid in one lump sum within nine months of the company’s financial year end.