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A recorded message on the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) helpline now reassures taxpayers that nothing has changed in the immediate aftermath of Friday’s EU Referendum result.

The message says: “There are no changes to any taxes, tax credits, child benefits or other HMRC services as a result of the vote on the EU referendum.

“Everything is continuing as normal. No laws have changed. There is no need to contact HMRC as a result of the EU referendum.”

HMRC adds that the message was a planned response to a leave vote and was not added to the helpline as a response to calls from taxpayers.

Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation at the ACCA accountancy body, commented that a new prime minister is likely to lead changes to taxation, but that nothing had changed straight away.

“People and businesses still need to get returns in or make tax payments – they can’t slack under the fog of the referendum result,” he said.

Roy-Chowdhury assured traders that there is no “moratorium on deadlines”, with the next tax deadline for half-year tax payments for those in the self-assessment system on 31 July.

He added that there was a danger of UK “[talking] itself into a recession” if businesses in particular do not carry on as usual.

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