As part of the government’s Digital Strategy, HMRC wants to support growth, encourage compliance and improve the customer’s digital experience. HMRC are keen to help entrepreneurs complete their tax returns correctly and on time, so avoiding unnecessary work or even fines.
They have devised some E-learning courses, customers will be able to access their flexible, interactive online guides, working through them at your own pace.
Take a look at their Tax Guide for the self-employed; one of their range of eLearning products.
Webinars (online presentations): HMRC offer a selection of live and recorded webinars. Customers can register for their scheduled live webinars which last about an hour and offer the opportunity to ask questions. Their shorter recorded webinars are available anytime but there is no facility to ask questions and no registration is required. Link to their webinar homepage on GOV.UK.
YouTube: There’s a selection of short videos providing bite-size information for businesses on HMRC’s YouTube channel lasting just a couple of minutes each.
Email alerts: This free tailored service ensures you are fully informed with useful and timely reminders of changes.
Apps: HMRC has provided details of simple record keeping apps for mobile devices to make life a little easier.
Key Messages: Receive bi-monthly updates on widespread information from across HMRC.
HMRC also has a Twitter account @HMRCBusiness. Tweets are issued daily to promote webinars, YouTube videos, tax deadlines, events and news as well as responding to tweets about general tax questions around setting up or growing a business.
Leading up to the Self-Assessment deadline of 31 January 2017, HMRC can also provide you with a variety of digital products to help businesses, including start-ups, in your area who are completing their 15-16 Self-Assessment Tax Returns. They are also running live help & support sessions throughout January giving businesses access to experienced staff who will be able to answer any questions and provide practical help on the completion of their return and payment of tax due etc.