How to Avoid Landfill Tax Penalties on your Business Waste

Did you know that you can now be held liable if your business waste is dumped at an illegal site? The regulations have changed substantially with hefty Landfill Tax penalties for unauthorized disposal, so make sure that you know where your rubbish is going to.

In April 2018 the scope of the Landfill Tax regulations changed fundamentally. Before this you could send your waste off with ‘a man in a van’ and believe him when he said it was being disposed of properly.

Now, if said ‘man in a van’ is dumping your waste somewhere that he shouldn’t, you can be held jointly liable along with him and required to pay significant fines.

Tax and penalties of up to £178 per tonne can be charged on unauthorised disposals of waste, and in some cases this is also retrospectively chargeable.

Does your business produce waste and someone is employed to remove it from your premises?  Could this apply to you?

How to Avoid Landfill Tax Penalties on your Business Waste

You should act now to double check that your waste disposal arrangements are with legitimate companies who have all the necessary licenses and permits in place.

Know that the legislation also brings hauliers, brokers and landowners within the scope of Landfill Tax if they are involved in the disposal of waste at an unauthorised waste site.

HMRC has produced a webinar on the subject, which you can watch online here at your leisure. Their webinars are only available for a certain length of time. Make sure that you understand the new legislation and what you should do to protect your business by watching it sooner rather than later.

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