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HMRC’s letters to businesses regarding electronic sales suppression


Published: 26 Apr 2023 Update History

Businesses who might not have paid the correct income tax, corporation tax or VAT owing to misuse of their till systems are receiving letters from HMRC. 

HMRC is sending letters with the intention of giving businesses using electronic sales suppression (ESS) an opportunity to get their tax affairs in order by coming forward voluntarily and disclosing undeclared sales to HMRC. 

HMRC began issuing the letters earlier this month. The campaign is likely to continue for at least the coming year. Two different versions of the letter will be used to determine the best approach going forward.  

This follows on from a voluntary disclosure service that was open until 9 April for businesses to voluntarily disclose use of ESS to evade paying taxes. 

View the letters: 

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