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HMRC Issues Guidance For Online Traders

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

08 February 2007


A new internet-based guide for people who trade online via auction sites such as eBay has been launched this week, and is accessible via the UK's HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website.

The guidance outlines the rules for people who trade online for profit, as opposed to others who are just clearing low value items from the attic.

According to HMRC, online traders are considered to be self-employed if they: sell goods they bought with the intention of re-selling them; make items themselves and sell them, intending to make a profit; sell or buy goods on behalf of others for financial gain (on commission); or provide a service and receive payment in cash or in kind.

If the answer is yes to any of these, online traders may need to pay Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions, and fill out a Self-Assessment return. They may also need to register for VAT. E-traders who are starting a new business need to let HMRC know within three months of starting trading.

If people are selling the odd item such as unwanted presents or possessions, and are not buying goods to trade for profit, they are considered to be a non-e-trader and do not have to pay Income Tax or National Insurance on their profits.

HMRC's Director of Risk & Intelligence, Stuart Hartlib said:

"In the new guidance, there are examples to help you work out if you have to pay tax when you sell items online. You can also access information related to online trading about issues such as Capital Gains Tax and VAT."

"This site is designed to make registering and paying tax easier, so you can work out whether you are self-employed and need to file a return."


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