Tax Advisory Service
We can offer a wide range of tax advice services to help you minimise your corporate tax exposure as it can be an administrative burden of complying with tax legislation.
Determining the most tax effective structure for your business
Taking full advantage of tax opportunities and reliefs
Achieving the optimum capital or revenue tax treatment
Reducing tax on disposals and maximising relief on acquisitions
Making the most of tax opportunities specific to your industry
Meeting the rigorous demands of compliance including corporation tax self-assessment
Acting on your behalf in discussions with the tax authorities
Efficient corporate tax planning can result in potentially significant improvements in your bottom line.
There are a number of websites that provide useful information about tax:
TaxAid has useful information on how to resolve tax problems
Tax Help for Older People can help pensioners on a low income who are aged over 60
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group has useful information for people on a low income
Contacting HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
If the problem cannot be sorted out by talking to your employer, or looking on a website, the next step is to contact HMRC. Usually, you will need to do this by telephone.
You can contact HMRC on the Taxes Helpline for individuals and employees, including pensioners and people on benefits, on 0300 200 3300 (Textphone 0300 200 3319 for people who are deaf or hearing or speech impaired).
If you are newly self-employed, contact the Newly Self-Employed Helpline on 0300 200 3504 (Textphone 0845 915 3296).
If you need help with Self Assessment, contact the Self Assessment Helpline on GOV.UK.
For other HMRC helplines, see their website at http://search.hmrc.gov.uk.
When you contact HMRC, you must be ready to quote your national insurance number and your employer's tax reference number. If you don't know the tax reference number, your employer must give it to you if you ask for it. Or look on your payslip, P45 or P60.
In some cases, you can contact HMRC using an online form. This may be more convenient than using a helpline when the lines are frequently busy. However, you can only do this for certain topics. For example, you can use online forms on GOV.UK to:
Set up a personal tax account with HMRC
You can check your tax information and manage your details with HMRC by setting up a personal tax account.
If you need extra help from HMRC with your tax
HMRC provides a special service for people who need extra help with their tax, tax credits or Child Benefit. It replaces some of the services that used to be provided by HMRC Enquiry Centres, which are closing down.
When you contact an HMRC helpline, the helpline staff will decide whether you need extra help and will put you in touch with the service which is best able to help you. In some cases, this could be by talking on the phone to a specialist adviser, who will take the time to try to resolve your query in one call. In other cases, where HMRC staff decide that a face-to-face meeting is most appropriate, they can arrange to meet you at a convenient place local to you or in your own home.
You can read more about this service on the HMRC website.
If you need extra help from HMRC with your tax, you can:
phone HMRC on one of their helplines (see above), or
contact your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau who can help sort out your problem or contact HMRC on your behalf.
If HMRC aren’t able to resolve the problem, then you may quality for help from a tax charity, Tax Aid or Tax Help for Older People, who can give advice about tax if you’re on a low income.
If you can't get a satisfactory answer to your tax problem and you are on a low income, a specialist tax charity may be able to help you. There are two main tax charities:
Tax Help for Older People (TOP).
TaxAid runs a national telephone helpline service and face-to-face advice sessions in London and some major cities for people on a low income. They define low income as around £20,000 per year or less. They provide free and independent advice, assistance and advocacy to people who need help with tax or tax debt. They can help with problems about tax allowances, PAYE codes, tax arrears, self-employment, tax returns and HM Revenue and Customs administration and complaints.
You should try to sort out the problem first with HMRC and look at their website before contacting them. Their tax specialists can often advise how to resolve the problem over the phone. If the problem is complex, they may be able to offer you an appointment, but call or email them first. Their contact details are:
TaxHelp for Older People
TaxHelp for Older People (TOP) is a free confidential service providing tax advice for pensioners over 60 on low incomes who cannot afford to employ a professional tax adviser. They define low income as less than £20,000 per year.
Appointments can be arranged at offices such as at Age UK, or at your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Home visits can be arranged if you are disabled.
Their contact details are:
TaxHelp for Older People
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