The dedicated HMRC helpline for businesses and self-employed individuals who have difficulty with paying their tax due to COVID-19 promised at Budget 2020 is now in operation.
The number of the helpline is 0800 0159 559.
The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday, 8am to 4pm
By ringing this number HMRC can assist with:
✓ setting up a time to pay arrangement
✓ suspending debt collection proceedings; and
✓ cancelling late payment penalties and (unusually) interest.
2,000 experienced HMRC staff are available on the helpline but it is not completely clear whether this is additional resource or a deployment.