Media enquiries

HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) press office deals with all areas of the department’s work and all media, including national, regional, trade, print, broadcast and web.

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The press office aims to provide a helpful service to journalists and reply to all media enquiries within agreed deadlines.

If you are a journalist with a press enquiry or request, you can email news.desk@hmrc.gov.uk or call one of our press officers (numbers below).

We offer a 24-hour service, with a duty press officer on call to help with urgent enquiries out of hours. Media can contact our duty press officer on 07860 359 544. Please note the above inbox is only monitored in office hours, so please call the duty press officer outside of this.

Press officers are bound by the rules of confidentiality and are expressly forbidden - in common with all HMRC staff - from discussing details of individual taxpayers.

Three desks in the press office deal with national media queries. These are:

  • Individuals
  • Business
  • Law Enforcement and Family

Regionally, the press office is organised into 3 teams. These teams should be the first point of contact for all daytime regional press enquiries:

  • Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and South West England
  • London and East, South and South East England
  • East Midlands, West Midlands, North East and Yorkshire, and North West England

If you have been asked to use this page to check that you’re being called by a legitimate HMRC officer, please hang up the call immediately as it is a scam. Please report this by contacting us using the Report suspicious HMRC emails, text messages and phone calls page on GOV.UK

Press office structure:

Head of National News

Role Phone number
Head of National News 03000 585 025
Deputy Head of National News 03000 585 022

EU Transition Team

Role Phone number
Senior Press Officer 03000 520 184
Senior Press Officer 03000 524 697
Press Officer 03000 519 123

Individuals desk

Responsible for:

  • Income Tax
  • IR35/managed service companies
  • PAYE and National Insurance
  • Self Assessment
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • savings and investments
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • High Net Worth Unit
  • residency issues
  • offshore taxation
  • pensions
  • charities
  • Gift Aid
  • Benefits in Kind
  • debt management and banking
  • HMRC powers
  • departmental interest rates
  • sports clubs
  • General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) and other business issues
  • other individual issues
Role Phone number
Senior Press Officer 03000 585 024

Business desk

Responsible for:

  • Corporation Tax
  • Large Business Service
  • customs and international (excluding EU Transition related issues)
  • agents
  • VAT
  • excise duties
  • construction industry
  • environmental tax
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
  • hedge funds
  • administrative burdens
  • tax treaties
  • Business Payment Support Service (BPSS)
  • Alcohol Duty
  • gambling duties
  • Landfill Tax
  • red diesel
Role Phone number
Senior Press Officer 03000 585 028
Press Officer 03000 513 110

Law Enforcement and Family desk

Responsible for:

  • HR issues
  • estates
  • tax credits
  • Child Benefit
  • data loss/security
  • Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) and other VAT fraud
  • National Minimum Wage
  • money laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA)
  • alcohol
  • tobacco
  • oils
  • internal governance and security
  • strategic exports
  • criminal investigation and other enforcement and compliance issues
  • IMS (excluding SA)
  • tax fraud
  • taskforces and campaigns
  • National Audit Office (NAO) 7
  • Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reports
  • student loan repayments and other enforcement and compliance issues
Role Phone number
Deputy Head of National News 03000 585 022
Press Officer 03000 585 015

Regional news, consumer, planning and PR

Role Phone number
Head of Regional News, Consumer, Planning and PR 07979 806 393
Head of Consumer, Planning and PR 03000 566 399
Senior Press Officer 03000 585 023
Senior Press Officer 03000 585 026
Press Officer 03000 585 026
Press Officer 03000 510 593
Press Officer 03000 518 710

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Role Name Phone number
Senior Press Officer 03000 511 593  

Northern Ireland

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 550 493
Assistant Press Officer 03000 523 149

Scotland

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 519 451

Wales

Role Phone number
Senior Press Officer 03000 511 593

London and East, South East England, and South West

Role Phone number
Senior Press Officer 03000 534 396

London (including Heathrow Airport)

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 529729

East of England

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 518 552

South East England

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 525872

South West England

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 530 600

Local radio broadcaster

Role Phone number
Broadcast manager 03000 524 936

East Midlands, West Midlands, North East and Yorkshire, and North West England

Role Phone number
Senior Press Officer 03000 589 546

East Midlands

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 518 552

North East and Yorkshire

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 552 871

North West England

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 525872

West Midlands

Role Phone number
Press Officer 03000 589 546

Out of hours

Phone: 07860 359 544

This is the single contact number for all emergency out-of-hours national and regional media enquiries, which operates outside normal office hours (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday).