Budget 2020: HMRC coronavirus helpline set up

HMRC has a set up a dedicated phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to covid-19

The new helpline has been set up as part of a major support package for businesses announced at the Budget by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

‘HMRC will also scale up the time to pay service to allow businesses and self employed to defer tax payments,’ Sunak told MPs.

The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus to get practical help and advice.

Up to 2,000 experienced HMRC call handlers have been assigned to support businesses and individuals when needed.

The helpline is open for businesses and self-employed questions regarding due or late payment of tax due to coronavirus related issues.

The new HMRC helpline for help and advice is available at 0800 0159 559, and is an addition to other HMRC phone contact numbers.

For those who are unable to pay due to coronavirus, HMRC will discuss the specific circumstances to explore:

  • agreeing an instalment arrangement;
  • suspending debt collection proceedings; and
  • cancelling penalties and interest where you have administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately.

The HMRC helpline number is 08000159559

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 4pm. The helpline will not be available on Bank Holidays.

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