Consultation update - Tackling the Hidden Economy - Conditionality
19th December 2017
Thanks to @TourismsVoice for update on follow up consultation to tackling the hidden economy consultation from HMRC
HMRC is looking at introducing conditionality as a means to combat tax avoidance. This means that anyone applying for certain licenses must show the licensing authority that they are properly registered for tax. Last year the Tourism Alliance responded to an HMRC consultation on this suggesting it might be applied to sharing economy accommodation. Now HMRC is undertaking a follow-up consultation on how it might apply to HMOs and taxi licensing, which may be of interest to some members. As a quick aside, maybe it is time to reconsider views on the registration of tourism accommodation as a way to address the issue of a level regulatory playing field for the tourism sector.
Here's the link to the consultation which is open until 2nd March 2018 and, as ever, please do share your thoughts with our head of Policy & Advocacy, Andrew Bateman. Especially with regard to tourist accommodation - we know that many destinations are concerned about the impacts of sharing economy accommodation platforms!