Plastic Packaging Tax Starts 1 April 2022
If you are a business that manufactures or imports 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging over a 12-month period you will need to register for the tax. This is regardless of whether you will have to pay any tax.
This includes importers of packaging which already contains goods, such as plastic bottles filled with drinks. Where the packaging you import already contains other goods, the tax only applies to the plastic packaging itself.
If you are a business that needs to register for the tax, you will need to pay Plastic Packaging Tax on any packaging that contains less than 30% recycled plastic. The tax will be charged at £200 per tonne.
For example, if you manufacture 10 tonnes of plastic packaging, and 1 tonne contains less than 30% recycled plastic, you will need to pay £200.
The online service to register and pay will be available on 1 April 2022 when the tax takes effect.
The legislation to introduce this tax is included in the Finance Act 2021 and secondary legislation will be introduced later in the year.
Until the secondary legislation becomes law, the contents of the HMRC Policy Paper are subject to change.
More guidance will be published later in the year.
For the current Government Guidance, which will be updated with any changes, please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-your-business-ready-for-the-plastic-packaging-tax
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