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News - 22 February 2013

Direct sellers have just one week to settle tax bills

The opportunity to get their tax affairs in order offered by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for those who sell directly to customers and who haven’t paid all the tax they owe, have one week left tell HMRC about the tax due, and make arrangements to pay.

The deadline is 28 February 2013.

Direct sellers - sometimes called agents, consultants, representatives or distributors - must tell HMRC about the tax due, and make arrangements to pay, before 28 February 2013.

Direct selling involves selling directly to customers and taking “commission” on sales - without the need for a shop. It can entail demonstrating a product in a customer’s home or selling at a party. Some agents sell door to door, and many use catalogues.

Marian Wilson, head of HMRC Campaigns, said:
“If you are involved in direct selling and have not told HMRC about all of your income, you may not be paying the right amount of tax. The Direct Selling campaign is an opportunity for you to bring your tax affairs up to date.

Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:
“Direct sellers are generally considered to be self-employed. This means that they are responsible for telling HMRC about what they earn and calculating and paying their own tax. If you owe tax and don't get in contact, do not assume that HMRC will not catch up with you soon.”

Once this disclosure opportunity closes on 28 February, direct sellers who have not come forward but are found to have unpaid tax liabilities may face higher penalties, rising to 100 per cent of the tax unpaid or, potentially, criminal investigation.

If you are unsure and need any help and advice on Self Assessment or want the burden taken off your hands, contact the ABDS Tax Department Now.

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
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