Plastic Packaging Tax

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Plastic Packaging Tax

The Government has announced a new tax which will come into force in April 2022. It is aimed to encourage the use of recycled rather than new plastic within plastic packaging.

The rate of the tax will be £200 per metric tonne of plastic packaging.

If you have a business that manufactures or imports ten or more tonnes of plastic packaging over a 12 months period, you will need to register for the tax regardless of whether you will have to pay any tax.

Those businesses that manufacture or import plastic packaging should make sure now that you have the information needed to establish how much tax you need to pay or to confirm that you have nothing to pay.

If you are responsible for accounting for the tax as a manufacturer or importer, any invoice you issue to a business customer must show a statement that Plastic Packaging Tax has been paid on the packaging concerned.

This may require in-changes to your invoicing software and accounting procedures although further details of the requirements will not be given until later in the year.

Further information is given on the HMRC website and if you need further information after that, you can contact HMRC by email on

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