11/12/15: Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (‘AWRS’)

11th December 2015

HMRC have released a AWRS Registration Scheme Briefing Pack with regard to the new scheme which is being introduced on 1 January 2016. Businesses should as part of their due diligence: make sure their business records are in order and available review their procedures and supply chains to ensure that they are confident that they […]

08/10/15: M&R Tax Advisers Secure Restoration of Alcohol Seized by HMRC

8th October 2015

M&R Tax Advisers have been successful in securing the release from seizure and restoration to our client of 38 kegs of various beers seized by HMRC from our client’s excise bonded warehouse. HMRC policy is that seized goods will not normally be restored unless there are exceptional circumstances. However, in this case, we were able […]

24/09/15: Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (‘AWRS’) Delays

24th September 2015

HMRC announced today that due to some technical issues the implementation of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (‘AWRS’) is to be postponed until 1 January 2016.  This means that the application window will now run from 1 January to 31 March 2016 rather than 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2015.

31/07/15: HMRC Step Up War to Combat Alcohol Fraud

31st July 2015

UK Government officials, trade bodies and alcohol industry figures who are members of the Joint Alcohol Anti-Fraud Taskforce (‘JAAT’) have agreed to work more closely together to fight alcohol duty fraud according to the Taskforce’s first annual report dated 30 July 2015. _JAAT_Annual_report_2015.pdf

22/07/15: HMRC Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme

26th July 2015

HMRC announced today that alcohol wholesalers need to start preparing for the new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (‘AWRS’).  HMRC state that the new scheme will help tackle a £1.3 billion excise duty loss a year. Wholesalers must apply for approval to be registered between 01/10/15 and 31/12/15 but need to ensure the integrity of their […]

13/07/15: HMRC Seize 550,000 Litres of Alcohol

13th July 2015

A six-week crackdown has resulted in more than 550,000 litres of beer, wine and spirits being seized, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced recently. The operation, which ran alongside HMRC’s ongoing initiatives to detect smuggling, was carried out at the Port of Dover to further clampdown on excise fraud and smuggling. The operation resulted in […]

13/07/15: HMRC Increase Compliance Measures on Alcohol Trade sector

13th July 2015

Two HGV lorry drivers are facing 6 month driving suspensions after having been caught carrying illegal loads of alcohol. HMRC/UKBF are increasing their clamp down on the smuggling of alcohol into the UK by liaising with other Government bodies to ensure swift action is taken to prevent the loss of an estimated £1.3 Billion excise […]

04/05/15: HMRC Excise Payment Security System (‘EPSS’)

3rd May 2015

Hidden away within HMRC’s website and not widely advertised by HMRC is the Excise Payment Security System (EPSS) which allows businesses to defer payment of excise duty on goods without the need to lodge a guarantee with HMRC. To apply for EPSS you have to satisfy certain criteria including being VAT registered with HMRC for […]

04/04/2015: HMRC Charges for Anti-Money Laundering Changes

4th April 2015

HMRC charges for Anti Money Laundering will change from 1 April 2015. The charges will be: a new non-refundable charge of £100 for businesses applying to join the register; an increase in the non-refundable charge to conduct a fit & proper persons test from £50 to £100 per test; the end of the transitional cap […]

25/03/15: Lorry Driver Jailed for Alcohol Fraud

4th April 2015

A lorry driver caught attempting to smuggle 63,342 litres of alcohol into the UK, evading £90K in duty and taxes had been jailed after an investigation by HMRC. HMRC say excise evasion is a serious offence.  HMRC will often limit their action to seizure of the vehicle,consignment and the issue of excise duty assessments and […]