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.