New Reporting Obligations for UK Digital Platform Operators

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The United Kingdom’s Treasury issued a new set of reporting rules for digital platform operators in the UK, similar to the DAC 7 reporting obligations in the EU. The regulations, titled Platform Operators (Due Diligence and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2023, were introduced in July and will be applied as of Jan. 1, 2024, with initial reporting due in Jan. 2025. 

The rules require in-scope platform operators to: 

  1. Notify HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that it is a reporting platform operator 
  2. Identify reportable sellers  
  3. Collect and report information on those sellers' income generated via the platform for supplies of tangible goods, personal services, transport and renting out of immovable property. 

Additionally, to ensure correct information is reported the platform operators must also verify information about sellers and (where applicable) property listings. The report to HMRC is due on or before the 31st of January following the end of the reporting period and must be submitted electronically. The same information is to be shared by the platform with the reportable seller simultaneously.  

Platform operators must keep records of the steps taken to comply with the rules and the information collected for five years. The new regulations include penalties for: 

  • Late reports  
  • Failure to provide information to HMRC 
  • Failure to provide information to reportable sellers 
  • Non-compliance with record-keeping requirements 
  • Failure to notify HMRC about reportable platform status 
  • Not applying proper due diligence procedures 
  • Inaccurate or incomplete reports. 

You can read the full Treasury publication, Platform Operators (Due Diligence and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2023 here

The regulations refer to and incorporate elements of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) model reporting rules, approved in 2020 as part of its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative. These “Model Rules for Reporting by Platform Operators with respect to Sellers in the Sharing and Gig Economy” are intended to help tax authorities adapt their strategies in light of the increasing number of taxpayers earning income via exchanges on digital platforms.  

Also of note: regulations similar to the UK’s are being implemented in EU member states, according to Deloitte. Read more about the OECD’s reporting rules here

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Peter Boerhof, VAT Director at Vertex Inc. Vertex's Chief Tax Office (CTO) provides insight regarding the impact of tax regulations, policy, enforcement, and emerging technology trends on global tax department operations.

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Peter Boerhof is the Senior VAT Director for Vertex. In his role, he provides insight and thought leadership regarding the impact of tax regulations, policy, enforcement, and emerging technology trends in global tax. Peter has extensive experience in international transactions, business restructuring, tax process optimization, and tax automation. Prior to joining Vertex, Peter was responsible for leading the indirect tax function at AkzoNobel, where he designed and implemented a tax control framework, optimized VAT, and managed the transition to a centralized tax operating model for global tax processes.

He was also responsible for indirect tax planning and compliance for merger and acquisition, supply chain, and ERP projects, as well as the implementation of tax automation initiatives like tax engines and robotics. Boerhof also worked at KPN Royal Dutch Telecom managing VAT, as well as Big Four accounting firms Deloitte and Ernst & Young (EY) advising on VAT compliance and optimization processes. Boerhof holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and a master’s in tax law from the University of Groningen.

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