We reported this seller to HMRC VAT Fraud team in 2014. They are still trading.
HMRC has gifted this seller at least £1000,000 in unpaid VAT so far. That’s 4.5% of the total £22.5m budget HMRC have allocated to tackle this fraud over the next 5 years
eBayer Seller ddddadi made sale in the region of £1,681,092 in 2014. This equates to £280,182 in VAT a year. They started trading on eBay.co.uk 8 years ago on 10th November 2007.
Since we reported them to HMRC they have changed the company name 3 times and VAT number twice.
Here are their listing with their details on:
Company Name: PEIPEI SHI
VAT Number: GB 263573392
Company Name: LI QIN LIN !! LI QIN LIN
VAT Number: GB 240637914
Company Name: Youyu Fang
VAT Number: None
They have listed a UK residential street as their trading address; a 2 bedroom terrace house. The seller lists a Chinese contact name, no company information and no VAT number.
A VAT invoice has been requested 5 times from this seller after purchasing an item, but all requests were completely ignored.
The item received had a Royal Mail Printed Postage Impressions License number of HQ37624 and a PO Box returns address; PO Box 1021, Ipswich IP1 9WY.
Payment was made to a Paypal account in the name of firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions for HMRC
- Is the person that lives at 28 Hesperus Crescent, London, E14 3AB VAT registered and declaring £280,182.00 of VAT a year?
- Is email@example.com PayPal account linked to a Chinese Bank Account?