An online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed has been launched by HMRC.

The intention is to give the UK small businesses a quick and easy means of obtaining answers to their tax questions, as well as help with:

  • starting a business;
  • support for growing a business including taking on employees and expanding;
  • buying and selling abroad;
  • completing tax returns; and
  • tax credits.

Linked to the forum, HMRC's dedicated webchat service offers direct support to businesses and the self-employed.

A pilot was launched in March 2017, since when the forum has grown to have more than 1,000 registered users.

It does not deal with questions about taxpayers individual circumstances and comments that include personal information will be deleted.