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Corporation Tax Loans Explained

What is a Corporation Tax Loan?

Every year eligible organisations in the UK have to pay tax on their profits. This is called Corporation Tax and is currently set at a main rate of either 19% or 25%, depending on the organisation's turnover.

Paying Corporation Tax in full by HMRC's deadline can often lead to cashflow problems, preventing investment in growth, but there is another way.

A Corporation Tax loan can be used to pay your bill for the current year (or any past years that are still owed) in full by the deadline, avoiding late payment penalties from HMRC and protecting your credit rating.

You then repay the loan via affordable, fixed payments spread over a period of time, enabling you to keep more cash in your organisation, manage your budget more easily and prevent cashflow issues.

To apply for a Corporation Tax loan or request further information, contact our team today.

Corporation Tax explained with our Loans Specialist, James Lewis.

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Why use a corporation tax loan?

Using a loan to pay Corporation Tax bills can reduce the impact of costly late payment fines and boost cashflow.

A Corporation Tax loan enables your organisation to spread the bill over 6 to 12 months through fixed regular repayments. The loan can be secured or unsecured.

Common reasons for using a Corporation Tax loan include:

  • Spreading the cost of a tax bill, retaining capital and therefore spending power, which in turn can allow for increased competitiveness, growth and expansion.
  • Maintaining a stable and fluid cash flow so they can take advantage of new opportunities and/or fund unexpected costs or drops in income. 
  • Avoiding the risk of high penalties from HMRC for late or non-payments.
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Pros and cons of corporation tax loans

Is a corporation tax loan the right choice?

Corporation Tax loans allow organisations to spread the cost of their tax liability over a longer period, which can make it easier to manage their finances throughout the year and avoid penalties and interest charges for late payments. This can also help to protect a company's credit rating and save them money in the long run.

These tax loans can simplify your accounting processes as you can pay a lump sum to cover your tax liabilities. This can be a more straightforward way of managing tax payments than tracking multiple payments throughout the year.


Taking out any commercial loan should be approached with caution as if your business’ finances are not in a healthy condition, there is a risk of getting into more debt.

Failing to keep up with repayments can impact your organisation's credit score and damage future finance applications.

It is important to consider that there will be interest to pay on the Corporation Tax loan. This interest will be factored into your fixed repayment plan, but you will pay more overall than you would do when settling the bill outright with your own capital.

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Why Choose Bluestone?

At Bluestone we are committed to your success, whether you're a sole trader, running an SME or seeking finance for a multinational corporation.

As an independent, award-winning team of finance professionals we take pride in our ethical and consultative approach when securing finance to unlock your organisation's potential.

We make things simple, move quickly, offer exceptional value and make funding happen where others can't.

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What to do next...

How to apply for a corporation tax loan

From tax loans to asset finance and cashflow solutions, we can help you to secure the right finance for your short-term challenges and long-term ambitions.

You can get started on your application today via the Bluestone Portal.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you with your corporation tax, or you can email our Commercial Loans Specialist directly at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you explain what Corporation Tax is and how it works?

Corporation tax is a direct tax that businesses must pay as soon as they start making a profit and then on an annual basis thereafter. The corporation tax rate is set by the government. All limited companies must pay Corporation Tax annually. From 1 April 2023, the Corporation Tax main rate for non-ring fenced profits will be increased to 25% applying to profits over £250,000. A small profits rate (SPR) will also be introduced for companies with profits of £50,000 or less so that they will continue to pay Corporation Tax at 19%. Companies with profits between £50,000 and £250,000 will pay tax at the main rate reduced by a marginal relief providing a gradual increase in the effective Corporation Tax rate.


Why should I consider a corporation tax loan for my business?

Using a commercial loan to pay corporation tax bills to reduce the impact of costly late payment fines can be a cost-effective way to utilise cashflow and resources. A corporation tax loan will incur interest, but it enables the business to spread their bill over 6 to 12 months through fixed monthly or quarterly payments. The loan can be secured or unsecured.


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