Thousands of licensees across Britain will receive a visit from the taxman over the coming few months in a bid to help them understand and simplify their tax obligations.
The visits form part of a major campaign being launched by new department HM Revenue & Customs, which will include letters being sent out offering advice on particular mistakes VAT officers come across when they visit pubs. There will also be information on how to contact HMRC for more specific help, together with details of schemes to help smaller businesses simplify their tax situations.
'We recognise that businesses need information and support, which is tailored to meet their individual circumstances, said HMRC senior business manager Margaret Doyle. 'We have learned a lot about those needs through our VAT assurance visiting programme. We will be working with individual pubs and the industry as a whole, to help public houses pay the right tax at the right time.
After the visits, HMRC will present its findings to trade bodies such as the British Beer & Pub Association, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations.
Any licensee seeking more information or wishing to contact HMRC to discuss particular concerns can phone its national advice service on 0845 010 9000.