PACKAGING data specialist Ecoveritas is urging UK businesses to be prepared to submit their Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) return before the end of July.
Companies that manufacture or import 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging from April 1 must register for the tax through the HMRC website and submit their records on or before July 29. Failure to do so may result in charged penalties, such as late payment interest on outstanding tax from the date the amount was due.
The new legislation will charge businesses that manufacture or import plastic packaging that consists of less than 30% recycled plastic content at a rate of £200 per metric tonne. Businesses must capture and keep records of all weight details of each plastic packaging component to the nearest kg.
Josh Remi, commercial manager of Ecoveritas, said, “The PPT deadline is looming – and businesses must ensure they are ready to submit their returns on time. Ecoveritas recognises that this is a challenging time for UK businesses, particularly amidst the supply chain crisis and limited availability of recycled substrates. But now is not the time to drag one’s heels.
“To submit your PPT return you must have registered on the HMRC website and report weight details of each plastic packaging component, including those exported, and detail evidence of recycled content. This includes how you’ve calculated the percentage of plastic, its source and what product lines the content is used in.”
Ecoveritas recently launched a data collection vehicle (DCV), a tool which captures data and helps to calculate a company’s tax liability.
“Our DCV is free to use and enables companies to map the data they currently have onto the tool,” Josh Remi added. “It provides a great framework for collating the data metrics required while also highlighting data that is missing, allowing businesses to adjust their data in time for the submission deadline on 29th July.”