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Deferring your tax bill - setting the hurdle higher

It was in his Pre-budget report last November that the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, announced the creation of the Business Payment Support Service (BPSS). This is a telephone helpline (0845 302 1435) that companies and business owners can ring to negotiate extra time to pay tax.

As the January deadline for paying self-assessment income tax approached, several of our clients made use of this service and were able to agree 3, 6 or sometimes more than 12 months in which to settle their tax bills. The whole process took only a few minutes.

It would appear, however, that this initial burst of enthusiasm at HM Revenue & Customs has worn off and it is now much harder to agree more than a 3 month delay on the telephone. Anything longer than that is likely to be passed to a local manager for review and may also require more detailed information such as cash-flow forecasts and management accounts.



Date: 18th March, 2009
Author: Rachel Haddow


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