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Small businesses in the South East are being urged to sign up to an easy-to-use forum to get top tax tips.

With the midnight on 31st January 2018 deadline for Self Assessment tax returns to be filed online approaching, businesses are urged to join HM Revenue and Custom’s (HMRC) Small Business Online Forum.

It is hosting Q&A help sessions throughout January on how to file, paying taxes for the first time and how to use HMRC’s digital services.

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The Q&As are aimed at new enterprises and start-ups but any self-employed individual or new business can sign up to the forum, which launched in August.

The sessions, where questions are answered by HMRC specialists, are on:

  • Friday 5th January – 11:00 to noon
  • Friday 12th January – 13:00 to 14:00
  • Thursday 18th January  – 13:00 to 14:00
  • Friday 26th January – 13:00 to 14:00

Businesses can also share their experiences and knowledge on the forum. Just sign up with an email address, password and create a username at

Businesses looking for Self Assessment advice can also access HMRC’s YouTube videos and webinars through the forum.

HMRC’s Customer Services Director General, Angela MacDonald, said:

“The Small Business Online Forum is a vital tool full of great advice and handy hints to make life a little easier for those starting up in business.

“All small firms should take advantage of the Q&A sessions, especially with the Self Assessment deadline approaching at the end of January.”

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