Direct Sellers Targeted by HMRC
17 October 2012
A new campaign by HMRC is targeted at people who sell products to customers away from a retail shop.
The direct sellers HMRC has in mind are those who earn commission by demonstrating and selling products in customers’ homes, or agents who sell door to door, often using catalogues.
The campaign launched on 26 September 2012 and the deadline for telling HMRC about any undeclared income and paying any additional tax, interest and penalty is 28 February 2013. A disclosure form is available on the HMRC website
Direct selling contributes £2billion annually to the UK economy with an estimated 40,000 working in the sector. The big companies in the sector are: Amway, Avon, Betterware, Herbalife, Kleeneze, Mary Kay, Neal’s Yard Organics and Tupperware. HMRC recognises the income level being generated by this thriving industry and the potential for tax evasion. To that end, HMRC has issued 15 formal notices to companies who engage direct sellers, requesting names and addresses of sellers, date of commencement and details of gross payments made.
Any direct seller who is concerned about this latest HMRC compliance activity can speak to one of our accountants at our Newry or Lurgan office.