Suspicious mind: Sellers of alcohol will have to be registered with HMRC from April so make sure they are

How to have a nose for fake alcohol

By Poppleston Allen

Our legal experts give advice on how to spot when there might be something amiss with a new drink you're being offered.

The BBPA says it has 'reminded' its brewing members of the HMRC requirement to tell publicans how much duty has been paid on beer

Industry reacts to profit fears over 'undrinkable beer'

By Emily Sutherland

The British Beer and Pub Association has said it will investigate 'ways to promote awareness and best practice', including pre-entry industry training, in the wake of serious concerns from tenants about how much drinkable beer is in a barrel.

Taxation: Don't get caught out

Paying tax: Bending the rules could prove costly

By Jason Piper

With swathes of taxation, red tape and bureaucracy seemingly smothering the efforts of licensees to make a decent living, the temptation to bend the rules a little can seem attractive. But such a course could prove a costly mistake. Jason Piper lifts...

Greene King is among a number of companies that joined the scheme

Greene King loses tax appeal

By John Harrington

Greene King, the brewer and pub operator, has lost an appeal relating to its tax avoidance scheme and could be forced to pay back roughly twice the amount of tax it tried to avoid.

JDW chair Tim Martin: 'The biggest danger to the pub industry is the continuing tax disparity between supermarkets and pubs'

JD Wetherspoon like-for-like sales rise 5.2%

By John Harrington

JD Wetherspoon has reported a 5.2% rise in like-for-like sales in the 26 weeks to 26 January, with profits before tax and exceptionals up 8.5% to £37.8m.

Operators will have to pay back the money, plus interest, within 30 days

HMRC demands return of pubs’ machine tax rebates

By Ellie Bothwell

Pub operators will shortly receive demands to pay back the “several hundred million pounds” collectively owed in “overpaid” tax rebates in 30 days, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed.

HMRC to pursue pubs for overpaid VAT

HMRC to pursue pubs for overpaid VAT

By Michelle Perrett

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to pursue pub operators and licensees to recover money previously paid out in overpaid VAT.

PAYE is moving towards real-time reporting

PAYE reporting is changing - is your pub ready?

By Jane Brothwood

The way employers report Pay as You Earn (PAYE) details to HM Revenue & Customs is changing. If you haven’t already prepared for this overhaul you need to do so now. HM Revenue & Custom’s Jane Brothwood explains

MPs slam HMRC for failing to effectively tackle alcohol fraud

MPs slam HMRC for failing to effectively tackle alcohol fraud

By Michelle Perrett

A group of MPs have slammed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for failing to effectively tackle alcohol fraud and have claimed the Government department does not understand the implications for the industry of introducing fiscal stamps on beer bottles.

More red tape expected for pubs with gaming machine tax

Red tape fear for gaming machine duty

By Michelle Perrett

Pubs will face a raft of red tape under plans to change Machine Games Duty (MGD) unveiled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on Tuesday.

HMRC to fight VAT gaming machine ruling

HMRC to fight VAT gaming machine ruling

By John Harrington

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it will continue to contest the Rank Group’s claim for overpaid VAT on gaming machines.

'Hold fire': Licensees urged to wait on VAT rebate appeals

Hosts’ VAT rebate warning on AWP machines

By Gurjit Degun

Licensees have been told to hang fire on spending their VAT rebates on amusement with prizes (AWP) machines despite a court ruling in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week.

Good news for pubs over AWP tax  ruling

Good news for pubs over AWP tax ruling

By John Harrington

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has suffered a serious set back in its attempt to reclaim VAT rebates on amusement with prizes (AWP) machines that have been issued to pub operators and licensees.

Haul: some of the alcohol consignment found by HMRC

Gang leader jailed over £1.8m duty fraud

By Gurjit Degun

The leader of a gang involved in evading £1.8m in excise duty has been jailed after an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigation into the sale of illicit alcohol.

AWP rebates: keep safe until after appeal

Pubs warned over AWP VAT rebates

By Michelle Perrett

Licensees need to set aside their VAT rebates on amusement with prizes (AWP) machines, warns expert. A European Court of Justice case, scheduled for 30 June, could set a precedent allowing HMRC to appeal the refunds.

Duty fraud: police action

Illicit alcohol seized from Stoke pub

By Lesley Foottit

Around £60,000-worth of illicit tobacco and alcohol products have been seized from an unnamed Staffordshire pub. An investigation by HM Revenue and...

Police: targeting illicit alcohol with HMRC

New warning on counterfeit sales

By John Harrington

Pubs have been given a fresh warning about the dangers of selling smuggled alcohol after 11 shops had their licences revoked or suspended en masse...

Licensees have been targeted

Tax scam targets hosts

By John Harrington

Licensees have been targeted in a massive internet tax scam that has hit tens of thousands of people. Adnams tenant Alan Randall was sent an email...

Be wary of email scam

Scam email warning

By Gemma McKenna

Licensees are warned that a bogus email saying they're eligible for a tax refund is in circulation. The email resembles an official communication...

Flood-hit pubs' tax break hope

Flood-hit pubs' tax break hope

By John Harrington

Flood-hit pubs may be eligible for tax breaks, the Government has announced. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has said it will: - Defer collection of...

In the line of duty

In the line of duty

As if the smoking ban and licensing changes haven't given pubs enough to worry about, licensees also have to keep an eye on their spirits packaging...

A fist clenching money

Take the strain out of paying

By Ewan Turney

Paying staff on time and the right amount needn't be tricky and time-consuming, says Ewan Turney - just choose the right method: Set up as an...