We reported this seller to HMRC VAT Fraud team in 2014 . HMRC finally took action against them in 2017.
HMRC has gifted this seller at least £1,184,406 in unpaid VAT. That’s 5% of the total £22.5m budget HMRC have allocated to tackle this fraud over the next 5 years.
eBayer Seller easylife-outlets (formally known as wedo-bestdeal) was making sales in the region of £2,368,812.00 in 2014. This equates to £394,802 of VAT a year.
They started trading on eBay.co.uk 6 years ago on 04 November 2009.
They list an untraceable company name without its legal status such as “Ltd”. They have a Chinese trading address and are listing a UK VAT number.
We purchased a product from the seller and made payment to PayPal account firstname.lastname@example.org. We asked for a VAT invoice and they replied:
“We not able to offer VAT receipt. We don’t add taxes, VAT or other hidden charges.”
This VAT number is registered to:
NO 8 METROPOLE CHAMBERS
The address details of this VAT number have been updated since the Mirror article. In December 2014 the VAT number was registered to:
UNIT E, S A 1 BUSINESS PARK
The VAT number is not registered to wedo-bestdeal company name or address and is not a valid NETPs VAT number. It is issued in the name of a UK individual based in Swansea. It is VAT Fraud to use a VAT number issued to other people.
The VAT number 152858000 is also being used by Chinese seller on amazon.co.uk: swees-shop – Shenzhen Ruijin Trading.,LTD.
Questions for HMRC to Answer:
- Who has been paying wedo-bestdeal’s £394,802 a year VAT bill for the past 6 years?
- Why, after trading on eBay for 6 years without being VAT registered, are they allowed to use someone else’s VAT number?
- Why is HMRC allowing this VAT evading seller to continue trading on eBay?
- How are you going to recover all unpaid VAT due from this seller; possibly £2.3million in unpaid and undeclared VAT?
- Why is HMRC allowing two different Chinese companies to use the same VAT number registered to a Chinese individual in Swansea?