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COVID-19 and time to pay HMRC

Date: 18th March 2020 | Post by: HaesCooper | Category: HMRC Updates

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.