The Government has issued a reminder to all businesses selling alcohol by retail to register by the 31 March 2016. Under the scheme, any Retailer selling alcohol to another business will need to apply to register for the alcohol wholesaler registration scheme which was introduced by HM Revenue and Customs to tackle alcohol fraud. The deadline for existing businesses or new businesses starting before the 31 March is the 31 March 2016. Any businesses starting after March deadline must register within 45 days of starting a trade.
If you only sell alcohol to the general public and not to other businesses you will not need to apply, however, you should apply for approval if your business is established in the UK and supplies alcohol to other businesses at or after the point at which excise duty becomes due.
Applications can be made online.
For further information, please contact Andrew Cochrane.