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Practical support for businesses affected by Carillion liquidation

HMRC outlines support for affected businesses


The government understands that many businesses that were contracted to Carillion will be concerned about their ability to pay their tax. As part of its ongoing commitment to delivering support for businesses, HMRC will provide practical advice and guidance to those affected through its Business Payment Support Service (BPSS).

The BPSS connects businesses with HMRC staff who can offer practical help and advice on a wide range of tax problems, providing a fast and sympathetic route to agreeing the best way forward and addressing immediate concerns with practical solutions.

The BPSS can:

  • agree instalment arrangements if you’re unable to pay your tax on time following the Carillion collapse
  • suspend any debt collection proceedings
  • review penalties for missing statutory deadlines
  • reduce any payments on account
  • agree to defer payments due to short-term cash flow difficulties

HMRC can also provide workers and their families with cash support through the tax credits system - details are on our website. Most importantly, if you’re worried about paying your tax, please talk to us because we’re here to help.

Further Information

  1. Our dedicated BPSS is available to any business struggling to make their tax payments as a result of economic conditions.
  2. The service is open 7 days a week between 8am and 8pm on weekdays, closing at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday: 0300 200 3835.
  3. For more information on the support available, please see the BPSS webpages.
  4. Follow HMRC’s press office on Twitter @HMRCpressoffice.
  5. See HMRC’s Flickr channel.
Published 17 January 2018