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 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.