HMRC are by far the biggest creditor of businesses in the UK. For the vast majority of businesses which experience financial distress, it is likely that HMRC will be amongst the creditors the company owes money to.
The issue is that a company’s obligation to HMRC is spread across various elements of the tax system. From PAYE and VAT, through to Corporation Tax and National Insurance, HMRC debts can quickly escalate out of control once a company begins to feel financial pressure building.
The good news, however, is that HMRC are prepared to engage with companies who demonstrate a proactive desire to bring their arrears up to date.