eBay and Amazon seller VAT evasion to be discussed in Parliament today

The issue isn’t going away and today the problem of overseas sellers evading VAT on marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon reaches Westminster.

In brief: we’re talking about overseas traders on eBay and Amazon, often from China, seemingly not paying VAT as you would expect and that offering a commercial advantage over UK businesses paying their way.

We’ve written about the so-called ‘Chinese seller‘ problem quite a lot previously. And we know plenty of readers are keen to see a level playing field restored with FairPlay from HMRC and the marketplaces.

There will be a debate by MPs in the “Westminster Hall” forum led by Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris and the order paper bills it as “VAT evasion and internet retailers“.

Westminster Hall offers an opportunity for MPs to raise issues that otherwise may not get Parliamentary time in the Commons. So whilst it is a shame that this concern isn’t currently getting a hearing in the main chamber, it is good news that it is registering in Parliament. Indeed readers in the Daventry constituency of Chris Heaton-Harris would be well advised to get in touch with him, and register their support and share their experiences, about the problems that VAT avoiding overseas seller cause their business.

We’ll report back on how the discussion goes.