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Rise in online retailer VAT registrations

HMRC has seen 7 185 internet retailers register for VAT since March 2016 following the announcement of new powers to hold online marketplaces liable for unpaid VAT. This represents a tenfold increase over the 695 registrations in 2015.

The new powers took effect in September 2016 allowing HMRC to force overseas retailers to appoint a UK-based VAT representative or provide a financial guarantee. If they fail to comply the online marketplace which these retailers use to sell their goods could be held liable.

On top of these measures a new fulfilment house due diligence scheme for goods stored in UK warehouses will come into effect in 2018.


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