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eBay Warns Sellers It Will Suspend Tax Evaders

In a new post titled “VAT compliance for overseas sellers,” eBay UK vowed to suspend those the government’s tax agency reports as evading VAT tax:

Earlier this year, the UK government announced new measures to tackle the non-payment of VAT by overseas sellers whose goods are forward deployed to the UK.

We work closely with HMRC to ensure our sellers comply with their VAT obligations. If we are informed by HMRC that a seller is not complying with these requirements, then we will take appropriate action, up to and including permanent suspension.

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We have already contacted hundreds of overseas sellers to notify and educate them on the need to comply with the law and we will continue to remind sellers of their obligations.

To ensure you are compliant, and for further details on this issue please read the latest guidance from HMRC.

eBay remains committed to providing a level playing field for all sellers and we will continue to work closely with HMRC on this issue.

SourceeBay UK Announcement Board

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