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News - 4 November 2013

The Association of Convenience Stores calls for the regulation.

An HMRC consultation on alcohol fraud has led to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) calling for the proper enforcement of regulations against wholesalers, together with the minimisation of red tape for retailers.

The ACS has called on HMRC to ensure that retailers who very occasionally sell in large amounts do not end up being registered as wholesalers, and that the retailers’ requirements to check the legitimacy of their wholesaler are not excessive or burdensome.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Duty fraud is a significant threat to retailers and we welcome HMRC’s proposals to strengthen anti-fraud measures including the registration scheme for wholesalers. However, this must not impose unnecessary burdens on legitimate retailers and therefore propose the following measures to be included in the scheme.

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