FOR the first time, businesses are being offered interactive support with their tax affairs by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

A week-long twitter Q&A session will give SMEs and those considering setting up a business the opportunity to ask tax-related questions.

HMRC will be on hand to offer help and support on a wide range of issues, including keeping records, VAT registration, National Insurance, starting up a limited company and PAYE Real Time Information.

The Starting in Business Week takes place from next Monday until Friday.

To take part or ask a question, follow @HMRCgovuk on twitter and use hashtag #biztaxhelp.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Small businesses and start-ups are the lifeblood of the economy. HMRC is dedicated to reducing the burden on small businesses and making the tax system simpler, more efficient and fairer.

“This interactive week will offer support and help to new and growing businesses in an innovative way.“ For further information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you are self-employed or a sole trader, go to