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Taxation: Business

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have (a) sought and (b) been granted a deferral of tax liability by HM Revenue and Customs since the pre-Budget report 2008 was published. (249308)

HMRC's business payment support service is a demand-led service, available to businesses seeking to defer payment of taxes owed. It is currently receiving, on average, 1,000 calls each day from businesses. Since the introduction of the service at the pre-Budget report, it has helped over 20,000 businesses spread tax payments worth over £350 million through time to pay agreements.