The tax authority is offering advice about “trading with Europe that will help businesses adapt to the changes to customs and tax rules, and avoid disruption when they move goods between the UK and Europe, or under the Northern Ireland Protocol”.
To provide assistance, the government department is writing to all UK based VAT-registered traders, as well as continuing to send weekly email updates to more than 170,000 customers.
The move follows the government’s announcement earlier this month that it was launching a new SME Brexit Support Fund – a new grant which offers £2,000 to small businesses to “help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU”.
Katherine Green and Sophie Dean, directors general, borders and trade at HMRC, said that they know how “challenging it is for businesses to adapt to so many changes, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic”.
They said: “Customs and tax rules are complex, and we understand customers working through them for the first time need more support.
“We want our customers to know that HMRC is here to help. Our Customs and International Trade helpline has been expanded and we’ve extended our operating hours, while continuing to run regular live webinars that traders can join.”