About us

This campaign has been set-up by a group of UK eBay and Amazon Business sellers. We have felt the full impact of the VAT evading Chinese & non EU sellers who have taken over eBay & Amazon and are now pushing us out of business.

It is impossible to compete with the 1000’s of VAT evaders who are still trading and offering ‘too good to be true’ deals by illegally not charging 20% VAT on products located in the UK. The situation has now got so out of hand that even the VAT evaders are finding it impossible to compete because there are so many of them on Amazon & eBay.

In July 2014 we sent HMRC a comprehensive report detailing the £billion Online VAT Fraud and listed hundreds of VAT Evading sellers. We had hoped that HMRC would have taken action, but they chose to ignore it.

Thanks to RAVAS – Retailers Against VAT Abuse Schemes our campaign has gained much media attention and political backing.

RAVAS has been pivotal to the success of our campaign. RAVAS is an independent pressure group of UK retailers who successfully fought to end the exploitation of the Channel Islands LVCR VAT Loophole.

Thanks to our supporters

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Public Accounts Committee, The National Audit Office, Lords, MPs, Professors of Tax Law, Economists, The Heads of VAT in the EU, The Guardian, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Register, Tamebay and The BBC who have been instrumental in raising the awareness of our campaign and getting it firmly on the political agenda. Thank you!!

Public Accounts Committee – Tackling VAT fraud and error

We worked with the Public Accounts Committee providing evidence for the hearing. On 13 September 2017 the PAC had a public televised hearing on Tackling online VAT fraud and error inquiry with the heads of HMRC, eBay and Amazon.

We submitted several written evidence documents to the PAC which are available online.

The National Audit Office

In April 2017 we helped The National Audit Office carried out an investigation “VAT evasion by overseas online retailers” looking at the risk of VAT (Value Added Tax) evasion by overseas online retailers. The investigation focuses on HMRC’s role in administering the UK VAT system, including managing and reducing risks to the collection of tax revenue.

Panorama – The Billion Pound VAT Scam

We worked with the Panorama team for several months helping provide evidence about the Online VAT Fraud. The program “The Billion Pound VAT Scam” was televised on 27 November 2017 and can be viewed on iPlayer until 27 September 2018.

panorama

Online traders who evade VAT are forcing British companies out of business and costing the taxman more than a billion pounds a year. Reporter Richard Bilton sets up his own business to test what checks are made to stop the tax cheats exploiting the UK.

Finance Bill 2016 & 2017

We have now successfully pressured the government to introduce new laws in Finance Bill 2016 to tackle online VAT Fraud; VAT: overseas businesses using an online marketplace to sell goods in the UK.

Our campaign has also led to:

  • Meetings with the heads of the EU VAT Unit in Brussels.
  • Meetings with the heads of Government.
  • Meetings with the heads of Public Accounts Committee.
  • Meeting with heads of HMRC in Whitehall.
  • Debates in the House of Lords & House of Commons.
  • Tea and scones in the House of Lords tearoom.
  • Nation Audit Office  Report
  • Public Accounts Committee Hearing with Heads of HMRC, eBay & Amazon

Below is some of the coverage we have gained:

Coverage from Public Accounts Committee Hearing:

Just some of the coverage:

Coverage from National Audit Office Report

Budget 2016 Announcement; George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a series of measures to combat on-line VAT Fraud in the March 2106 Budget (starts at 13:01:35). These measures include:

The Guardian:

Financial Times:

BBC:

Parliament:

Daily Mirror:

The Register:

Tamebay: