HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The helpline allows any business or self-employed individual who is concerned about paying their tax for these reasons to access practical help and advice. Up to 2000 experienced call handlers will be available to support businesses and individuals when needed.
They can be contacted by calling 0800 0159 559 with the helpline manned on Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and on Saturday from 8am to 4pm. It will not be available on Bank Holidays.
For those who are unable to pay due to coronavirus, HMRC will discuss their specific circumstances to explore: agreeing an instalment arrangement; suspending debt collection proceedings; and cancelling penalties and interest where there have been administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately.
Companies House has also issued a notice pointing out that if a company has been affected by COVID-19 and more time is needed to file accounts, then the relevant persons should act before their filing deadline.