Small Businesses: Beer

Treasury written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards Independent, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for small to medium sized brewers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

To support brewers and drinkers, in March the Government froze beer duty for the third consecutive Budget.

The Government appreciates that brewers, particularly small or craft brewers, are facing a challenging trading period due to COVID-19. However, they can benefit from the unprecedented package of business support offered by the Government.

In addition, if brewers need more help, they can use HMRC’s Time To Pay service to seek deferrals of any of their taxes, including beer duty. HMRC will waive late payment penalties and interest where a brewer cannot pay taxes due to COVID-19.

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