Those businesses and communities affected by the riots can take advantage of measures that the Government has recently announced.
Included in the help package is £10 million to help councils with the immediate costs of making their areas safe, clear and clean; £20 million to finance measures to get business trading again and meet short term costs; the removal of seriously damaged homes and business properties from their respective rates valuation lists; and the availability of rate relief for local firms.
HMRC are on the aid bandwagon too and have announced a single helpline number - 0845 366 1207 - to help businesses and individuals adversely affected by the recent civil disorder.
The Civil Disorder helpline aims to provide advice and 'deal sympathetically with problems currently faced by businesses and individuals'. In particular, HMRC can agree payment schedules with those who are unable to pay their tax bills due to short-term financial difficulties; can discuss practical solutions where businesses and individuals cannot meet their other obligations to HMRC - for instance, where their records have been lost or destroyed. HMRC will also review any penalties imposed and withhold additional surcharges that would normally be triggered by missed deadlines.
Callers should have the relevant taxpayer reference numbers to hand.
This was first published in August 2011