Amazon advises sellers to seek UK tax advice in Seller Central

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It’s difficult to read the text in the above graphic but it’s the latest news on Seller Central released on 16th August. If you’re an Amazon seller, you can easily view the announcement in your selling dashboard.

It’s an advisory announcement from Amazon that reads:

Information regarding your account
This is a reminder that we may be required under UK legislation to disclose limited information about Seller accounts to HMRC, if HMRC make a formal request to us for this information. If you have questions about VAT ad whether you have a UK was liability, please visit the following websites where you can obtain more information.”

And there follow links to tax advisors who can best advise US and Chinese sellers as well as a link to the relevant UK legislation.

Make of this what you will, but it seems to me that Amazon is covering itself in the likely event that HMRC is going to start using the powers it was granted during the last UK Budget to tackle non-UK sellers who have been exploiting the VAT situation.

What do you reckon?