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500,000 South West businesses can get free help with their tax returns

By January 3, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog

The South West’s 516,340 small businesses are urged to sign up to an easy-to-use forum to get top tax tips.


On 31st January 2018, the deadline for Self Assessment tax returns are to be filed online, businesses are urged to join HM Revenue and Custom’s (HMRC) Small Business Online Forum.


It is hosting Q&A help sessions throughout January on how to file, paying taxes for the first time and how to use HMRC’s digital services.


The Q&As are aimed at new enterprises and start-ups but any self-employed individual or new business can sign up to the forum, which launched in August.


Already, businesses are saying they find the forum helpful:


“Small businesses are always short on time, so to be able to easily access help from HMRC online through their Small Business Online Forum is really beneficial.” – Alison Edgar, The Entrepreneur’s Godmother (South of England)


The sessions, where questions are answered by HMRC specialists, are on:

  • Friday 5 January – 11am to noon
  • Friday 12 January – 1pm to 2pm
  • Thursday 18 January  – 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 26 January – 1pm to 2pm.

Businesses can also share their experiences and knowledge on the forum. Just sign up with an email address, password and create a username at:


Businesses looking for Self Assessment advice can also access HMRC’s YouTube videos and webinars through the forum.


HMRC’s Customer Services Director General, Angela MacDonald, said:


“The Small Business Online Forum is a vital tool full of great advice and handy hints to make life a little easier for those starting up in business.


“All small firms should take advantage of the Q&A sessions, especially with the Self Assessment deadline approaching at the end of January.”



The deadline for sending 2016-17 tax returns to HMRC, and paying any tax owed, is 31 January 2018.