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Tax authority begins online advice seminars

Tax authority begins online advice seminars

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 08 February 2012

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has begun a series of online presentations or webinars giving help on tax to businesses and the self-employed.

The presentations last approximately 30 minutes. There are two types – live webinars on set dates, which allow a further 30 minutes for live Q&A; and pre-recorded webinars, available round the clock.

The webinars will cover many different topics, including:

• Business expenses and capital allowances
• First steps as an employer
• The Construction Industry Scheme
• Self Assessment online
• Limited companies, an overview
• How VAT works

Colin Ford, head of the project, said:

“The webinars allow businesses and the self-employed to participate in the live seminars and ask questions. If the dates or times don’t suit, pre-recorded webinars will be accessible at any time of day or night.
“It’s inevitable that some people find tax issues daunting, especially if they are setting out in business. The webinars are one of the many ways that HMRC aims to make tax as hassle free as possible. This suite of advice complements the guidance that is already available on the HMRC and Business Link websites.”

The webinars are free but users must register in advance.

Find more information and the webinar timetable at

Viewers using a PC need the following software to watch the webinars: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000. Those using a Macintosh need: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer.

Notes to Editors

1. A regularly-updated list of HMRC webinars can be seen at
2. The webinar platform supplier used by HMRC is CITRIX. Neither HMRC nor CITRIX will ask for or retain any information about people or businesses.
3. Further help is available on the HMRC YouTube Channel
4. Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk



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