New help for small businesses launched


Tuesday 1 August 2017



A new online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed is being launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The Small Business Online Forum is a quick and easy way for small businesses to get answers to their tax questions as well as help with:
• Starting a business
• Support for growing a business – including taking on employees and expanding
• Buying and selling abroad
• Completing tax returns
• Tax credits.

There are 555,000 small businesses in the East of England region*. The forum can be accessed by clicking here. Linked to the forum, HMRC’s new dedicated webchat service offers direct support to businesses and the self-employed.

Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, said: “The UK’s 5.4 million small businesses play a vital role in our economy. We want to help businesses get off the ground and support them as they grow.

“That is why we are launching a new forum and webchat service which will give these companies useful hints and tips – including how to complete tax returns, grow a business and trade outside the UK – so that they can continue to flourish.”