HMRC bailiff help

If you are in debt and struggling to keep up with HMRC bailiffs, an IVA scheme could be an option to write off a substantial portion of your debt. To find out what options are available to you, simply complete the online form. Our help is confidential, free and with no obligation to proceed. Unpaid HMRC tax debt is punished with charges and penalties with outstanding debts recovered aggressively, so it's important to act now.

✓   Write off unaffordable debt
✓   One monthly repayment
✓   Only pay what you can afford
✓   Stop creditor harassment

An IVA may not be suitable in all circumstances. Fees may apply. Entering into an IVA will affect your credit rating. You could write off up to 80% of your debts upon successful completion of an IVA.(10% of our customers wrote off 80% in the last 12 months, with a typical figure of 25%-75%).

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If you are feeling overwhelmed with HMRC debts and other debt then please contact us using the form. We are available to talk Monday - Friday: 8.30am-7pm

Get HMRC bailiff help:

Bennett Jones can investigate what you’re spending, both personally and if you are self-employed in your business, and help you understand whether an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is the solution you need.

Whether you need an IVA, an alternative debt solution, or simply information to help you organise your spending, we can deliver some peace of mind.

  • Help with HMRC tax arrears
  • Confidential assessment
  • Stop bailiffs
  • Stop legal actions, harassing calls and letters
  • Outstanding ongoing support
  • Save your house, car and other assets
  • No obligation to use our service
  • Operated by a licensed insolvency practitioner regulated by the IPA
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  • No call centres, agents or middlemen
  • We can save you money and stress

Getting a letter from HMRC is a stressful experience. Under no circumstances, ignore the letters. An IVA can write off a substantial portion of HMRC debt, allowing you to get back to full financial health. An IVA can stop legal action and bailiffs, with the exception of unpaid court fines, student loans and child support. All other debts, such as parking tickets, council tax, and high court writs can be paid off using an IVA and Bennett Jones will contact your creditors to stop the action.

We will help you get out of debt, with your loans, credit cards, catalogues, payday loans and many other debts. Stop creditors harassing you. Check if you possibly qualify for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement in 60 seconds, by completing the form above. We can do a brief assessment and tell you what documents are required to move forward with your case. Once the final IVA payment is made, you are no longer liable for any of the debts included in your IVA and there will be no further balance to pay, even if this means your debts have not been repaid in full.

40 point bailiff guide. Don't allow yourself to be bullied by bailiffs:

THE GOLDEN RULE: Never let a bailiff into your home or business: Keep all doors and windows locked with curtains and blinds closed. You must always protect yourself from bailiffs.

If you are behind with debt you might receive a letter from bailiffs (or enforcement agents) saying they will visit your home to collect payment. Don't ignore this letter as the clock is ticking and bailiffs can visit your home 7 days after the notice of enforcement. As well as collecting the payment for the debt they can add fees. There are things you can do to stop them coming if you act quickly and contact the supportive team at Bennett Jones.

HMRC bailiffs, also known as enforcement agents, are authorised to visit your business premises if you owe HMRC. Bailiffs can collect a wide range of debts including court fines, business rates, council tax bills, parking fines and county court judgements.

  • With limited companies, personal belongings cannot be taken. Bailiffs only have the authority to take items, which belong to the company. Any work tools and equipment worth less than £1,350 when added together, are unable to be taken. This is the 'tools of the trade exemption'.
  • Rented or leased equipment cannot be seized.
  • If you are a sole trader, bailiff power is similar, although applicable to your own personal belongings too. Any personal necessities such as household furniture, clothing and food, are non-removable.
  • Partnership assets can be seized first, and then any personal belongings of each partner.
  • There is a difference between bailiffs and High Court Enforcement Officers. An HCEO works according to a Writ of Control which empowers them to recover debts of £5,000 or more, whereas a bailiff can collect debts below this amount. It is important at this stage to engage the services of a qualified Insolvency Practitioner in order to understand how to proceed.
  • Never let a bailiff into your home or premises, keep all doors and windows locked. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and bullied, so it’s vital to know your rights and understand what you can do to protect yourself.
  • Tell the bailiff to leave and say you’ll speak to their head office to discuss matters further, if the bailiff won't leave then you have a case for harassment.
  • You don't have to allow a bailiff into your property, even if the bailiff has a warrant. They can only enter your home if you, or a family member over 16, invites them in, or if you leave a door open.
  • Bailiffs are not allowed to force their way past you or put their foot in the door.
  • Bailiffs cannot climb over walls or locked gates. The law states that bailiffs may only enter by any usual means. If you have an outer gate/door in your yard or garden, make sure it is locked or padlocked.
  • Bailiffs are only allowed to visit your home between 6am-9pm.
  • Bailiffs visits are not allowed on Sundays, Bank Holidays, Good Friday or Christmas Day unless a court order specifically permits this.
  • Bailiffs can enter by force for an unpaid personal tax bill owed to HMRC or criminal court fines (council tax arrears are not criminal), but this has to be done by a locksmith. The threat of getting a locksmith to force entry is often just an intimidation tactic.
  • Bailiffs use many tactics to lull you into a false sense of security, so don't engage in a conversation with a bailiff (or fall for a trick such as allowing them to use your toilet).
  • You are not obliged to cooperate in any way. You do not have to confirm your identity or give your name, this applies to the police as well.
  • Don't park your vehicle at your property or close by on a public road. Bailiffs can include your vehicle in a controlled goods agreement, or they can tow it away or get it clamped. They can do this if your vehicle is parked at your home or on a public road. But they can't take your vehicle if it's parked on someone else's private land unless they have a court order that allows this.
  • You are not responsible for someone else’s debts. If a bailiff knocks on your door asking for someone you do not know, then tell them that this is the case and ask them to leave.
  • Don't do anything silly like getting into an argument, swearing at them or throwing things at them. They want you to lose control, as they can get the police involved (the Police have a very cosy relationship with bailiffs as many of them are former officers
  • A bailiff does not need to enter the property to take control of goods as they could list goods they can see through a window (close any curtains and blinds). If a bailiff lists goods they can see your window, it is your choice whether to sign the controlled goods agreement. If you do not sign, they cannot force entry to your home, and they cannot take control of the goods unless they are invited into your home.
  • The creditor may withdraw the warrant if they think there’s no realistic chance that the bailiffs will be able to recover the money. This means they won’t return to your home. This is why you should never let a bailiff into your home or sign anything they give you.
  • To escape the negativity associated with their title, bailiffs now call themselves ‘enforcement agents’.
  • Bailiffs aren’t the same as debt collectors. Debt collectors come from private firms and don’t have the same powers to enter your property or seize goods.
  • A bailiff must show ID and authority to enter premises on request. They cannot lie about who they are or why they’re calling.
  • Call 999 if you're being threatened by a Bailiff.
  • Video your interaction. A Bailiff or police officer cannot object to being filmed on your property.
  • After sending you the notice of enforcement the bailiffs have to wait 7 full days before they can visit you.
  • Bailiffs can't come to your home or take any action against you if you can prove you don't owe the debt.
  • Bailiffs are enforcement agents, and have no powers of arrest, and neither do police community support officers (PCSOs).
  • Council tax is enforced with a Liability Order which does not confer a power to enter your property unless allowed in by the occupant.
  • Bailiffs cannot discuss your details with neighbours.
  • Bailiffs employ a number of dubious tactics to gain entry to your house. The first is to come across as your friend, saying that they are "just here to help and sort out the situation", remember that all they want is an invitation to enter the property. The second tactic is to intimidate. This often means pretending that they have more powers than they actually have because in most cases they have very little power.
  • A bailiff cannot take your belongings if you are abroad
  • A bailiff cannot watch your house or loiter outside, as they are not acting in the execution of duty. Record the bailiff on video on video and report him to the police (Protection from Harassment Act 2007).
  • Debt collectors have no enforcement power to take goods or enter your property. The most they can do is ask for the money. They sometimes pretend to have bailiff powers.
  • The law states that all money must be paid to the creditor and Bailiffs take their fees last. Pay the creditor and not the bailiff company.
  • Bailiffs cannot usually take mobile phone and computers because the devices contain personal data such as passwords.
  • Sending multiple text messages or calls is not part of the enforcement regulations or procedures and can be recorded.
  • Tell them to leave if they can’t prove who they are and threaten a 999 call.
  • A bailiff is not allowed to break down your door, they must come back with a locksmith who will unlock the door (a rare occurrence).
  • The creditor is liable for bailiffs acting on their behalf and you can bring an action for unlawful bailiff or enforcement action. Send the creditor a "Letter Before Action" which contains how much is owed, why it is owed, how to pay, a deadline and what will happen if they do not pay. Wait for the deadline and then start the claim at your local county court using Form N1.
  • There have been how many documented cases of coercion and underhand tactics by bailiffs. If the police are in attendance they will often side with the bailiffs and sometimes assist. remember that the golden rule is to secure your property and never let the bailiffs enter. You are not obliged to confirm your identity or give any details to a bailiff. Simply ask them to leave and threaten them with an official complaint and legal action.
  • If the bailiff challenges you on what you’ve told them, then you must politely decline any further contact.
  • If you have aggressive creditors who are pressing very hard with bailiffs threatening to seize goods or perhaps a bankruptcy order is about to be made against you, it is possible to hold off proceedings by obtaining an interim order from a Court to allow time to hold the Creditors’ Meeting to get an IVA approved. The Interim Order has the effect of freezing all legal proceedings against you for a period of a few weeks.


We will listen carefully to your individual story with empathy and understanding



We will provide you with all the help and assistance you need to solve your debt worries



If an IVA is right for you, we will support you all the way on your journey to debt freedom


We will listen carefully to your individual story with empathy and understanding. We will provide you with all the help and assistance you need to solve your debt worries. If an IVA is right for you, we will support you all the way on your journey to debt freedom