Tax warning to direct sellers

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HMRC is warning anyone selling directly to customers and who haven't paid all the tax they owe, have one month to come forward and pay up.

Under the time-limited opportunity, direct sellers - often called agents, consultants, representatives or distributors - must tell HMRC about the tax due and make arrangements to pay before 28 February 2013, report Harris & Co Chartered Accountants Northampton

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


From today, HMRC will be writing to direct sellers to let them know about the Direct Selling campaign. After the 28 February deadline, HMRC will begin contacting direct sellers who did not come forward to take part in the opportunity, if HMRC believes they owe tax.


HMRC is inviting direct sellers to a live Twitter question and answer session, with tax experts who will answer questions about the campaign, on 7 February, between 1pm and 2pm. Follow @HMRCgovuk and tag questions #dsqa in advance or on the day.


Marian Wilson, head of HMRC Campaigns, said: “Anyone involved in direct selling who has not told HMRC about all of their income might not be paying the right amount of tax. The Direct Selling campaign is a chance to bring their tax affairs up to date, on the best terms.

Anyone with questions should join our Twitter Q&A on 7 February, where our experts will be available to help."
Direct sellers are generally considered to be self-employed, and are therefore responsible for telling HMRC about what they earn, and for calculating and paying their own tax. For information on tax for the self-employed direct seller, visit HMRC or watch the YouTube video.

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