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Help and support for businesses

Starting and running a business is challenging and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recognises that its customers sometimes need help to understand their tax affairs. This page provides information about the wide range of help and support they offer to help you handle your responsibilities to HMRC easily and effectively. It's worth spending a bit of time at the outset understanding what you need to do, when, and putting the right processes in place - it saves a lot of time and effort later on.

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Sign up for business advice emails from HMRC

Signing up for this free service means you will receive a series of tax related help and support emails that give you and your business clear guidance at specific times.  For example, they could provide guidance about the type of financial records you have to keep, when and how to complete your tax returns and when payments to HMRC are due.

If you use the HMRC online tax registration service to tell us you are registering for a business tax (such as Self Assessment or VAT), you will be asked if you would like to receive these emails at the end of that process.

If you have already signed up for our online services, you can access the service from the 'Your HMRC Services' page once you have logged in using your User ID and Password.

Sign up to receive HMRC business advice emails


Attend an online presentation - try HMRC webinars

Webinars are free online presentations that enable you to attend a seminar without leaving your desk. HMRC offers a wide variety of live and pre-recorded webinars on subjects such as business expenses for the self-employed, operating PAYE in real time, statutory sick pay, VAT awareness and many more.

Choose from live webinars on set dates and times and including the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session at the end or pre-recorded webinars available to view right now or at any time that's convenient for you.

You only need to provide your name and an email address, so why not try one now?

Find out more about HMRC webinars


Learn at your own pace with HMRC e-learning

Started working for yourself?

Designed to help you learn at your own pace and whenever is practical for you, HMRC e-learning product includes sections on:

  • how and when to tell HMRC you have started self-employment
  • how keeping accurate business records will help you claim expenses and tax allowances
  • how and when you pay Income Tax and National Insurance contributions to HMRC

It also features practical case studies on growing your business, including VAT and taking on staff.

Go to Starting your own business e-learning

Becoming an employer

To help when you take on staff HMRC has an e-learning product to get you started.

Go to Becoming an employer e-learning


Watch HMRC tax information videos on YouTube

You will find lots of 'bite-sized' tax information videos on HMRC's YouTube pages. If you need reassurance, quick help or are just interested in finding out more about a subject like statutory payments then this may be the option for you.

Go to the HMRC pages on YouTube (Opens new window)


More information

For more information about any of the above please complete the online enquiry form using the link below.

Complete the online enquiry form

Alternatively you can telephone the Online Learning Support Team on Telephone: 0300 123 1083. Lines are usually open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 10am to 3pm. The team is unable to give technical advice on business taxes or answer individual questions about tax.