This week HMRC issued a reminder to encourage stakeholders to respond to the plastics tax consultation by the 20 August 2020
The plastics tax was initially announced back in March 2020 by the Chancellor, with a tax of £200 per tonne proposed to be levied against plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content.
A consultation was announced at the same time to enable industry to feedback on the proposals, including the exclusion of imported filled packaging, the proposed tax rate and an exemption for medical packaging.
The deadline to respond to the consultation was originally 20 May 2020, but due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis that deadline was extended to 20 August. With the revised deadline now less than three weeks away, the government has issued a reminder to encourage industry stakeholders take the time to feedback.
It is believed that the tax is still on track to be implemented by April 2022, despite the extension to the consultation.
Engage fully in the consultation
The government have commented “The tax will impact a wide range of industries including retail, construction and manufacturing. You can find out more information about how the tax might affect you in the consultation document.”
"We are grateful to those who have already engaged on the consultation or have provided a response. If you have yet to submit a written response, we would welcome these via the response form available on the above link by the closing date of 20 August 2020."
“If you are a Business Representative Organisations or Trade Association we would encourage you to share this information with your members to ensure they have the opportunity to engage fully in the consultation”.
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