Packaging data specialist Ecoveritas is warning 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 PPT 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 do their due diligence checks by capturing and keeping records of all weight details of each plastic packaging component to the nearest kg.
This places heightened pressure on companies to capture quality packaging data during a time where supply chains are increasingly vulnerable to rising material costs.
Josh Remi, Commercial Manager of Ecoveritas, explained: “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.”
To support UK businesses through the first reporting quarter, Ecoveritas recently launched a data collection vehicle (DCV), a tool which captures robust, quality data and assists in accurately calculating a company’s tax liability.
“Our DCV is free to use and enables companies to map the data they currently have onto the tool,” said Josh. “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.”
From data that is required from internal sources or from your supply chain, the DCV tool is separated into primary, secondary and tertiary packaging to make data collection easier.
For more information on how Ecoveritas is supporting UK businesses to get to grips with PPT, visit ecoveritas.com