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HMRC Offers NW Businesses Help In Hard Times January 16, 2009

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business.
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tax1If you’re worried about paying your tax on time, whether as a business or an individual, then get in touch with HMRC’s Business Payment Support Service (BPSS) as soon as possible.

Over 2250 business in the North West have delayed paying over £49 million of tax after contacting the BPSS. The telephone number is 0845 302 1435 and the lines are open from 8am to 8pm during the week and 8am to 4pm at weekends.

HMRC has set up this service to help those who are in business or who are self-employed, and who have temporary financial problems with paying Income Tax, National Insurance, VAT, PAYE, some duties or other payments.

The service offers a fast and streamlined way of setting up a time to pay agreement based on an affordable timetable. In the majority of cases the caller will get a decision and have a payment arrangement set up within 10 minutes.

Terms are being agreed on a case-by-case basis and HMRC will be as flexible as possible, with the aim of bringing the business’s tax back up to date on a timetable that is both reasonable and takes into account each individual situation. If your affairs are too complex to be dealt with in one call, the BPSS will call you back as soon as a decision has been made. This will happen within the region of four working days.

The service is for new enquiries only and acts as a supplement for HMRC’s existing time to pay arrangements. If you have already been contacted by HMRC about an overdue payment then just call the office that originally contacted you.

If you need any more information, visit the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/pbr2008/business-payment.htm. Then make sure you have the following information to hand: a tax reference number, details of the taxes that you are worried about and a date when you expect to be able to pay the bill.

The service is there so that we know in advance of any problems. If you think that you will need more time to pay your tax, please contact us as early as you can.  Please do not wait until the last minute or until payment is overdue.

You’ll feel a whole lot better once you have made that call, so why don’t you pick up the phone?

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