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The Government announced at Autumn Statement 2013 it would go ahead with wholesaler registration and due diligence. The consultation confirmed that there continues to be broad support for the concept of alcohol wholesaler registration across industry, which generally believes that better regulation of this sector is necessary to safeguard against the risk of penetration by fraud.
However, some sectors had specific concerns around the perceived burdens of some of the detail of the scheme and discussed these with HMRC during the consultation. As a result, HMRC has modified some aspects of the proposed policy design of the scheme to address the most significant of the concerns raised regarding administrative costs, and will continue to work with all stakeholders as work on legislation develops. There was broad support for due diligence although some respondents wanted reassurance that requirements would not be excessive. HMRC will seek to address these concerns during implementation.
Alcohol duty fraud is damaging the legitimate UK alcohol industry, resulting in losses of approximately £1.2 billion a year to the UK taxpayer. The Government consulted on measures to tackle existing and emerging threats to alcohol duty receipts in 2012.
The Government issued a summary of responses to its 2012 consultation on 17 July 2013 and announced its conclusions and next steps. This consultation explores those next steps further, seeking the views of stakeholders.
This consultation is relevant to all trade representatives, businesses and individuals with an interest in the alcoholic drinks trade, including those who are currently approved by HMRC to produce, hold or move excise goods and those who trade wholesale or retail within the UK. It covers:
- policy and enforcement changes HMRC intends to make to increase its impact on alcohol fraud
- the operation of a scheme to register alcohol wholesalers
- new obligations on registered excise traders to undertake effective due diligence on their supply chains.