Door-to-door salespeople have until the end of February to come clean about any tax they owe in return for a reduced penalty.
The direct selling disclosure campaign is HMRC’s latest effort to target a specific sector suspected of evading tax.
HMRC defines direct selling as retailing to customers, usually door-to-door or in customers’ homes or the workplace. Direct sellers are often self-employed and get a commission on sales they make. People earning money in this way are typically referred to as agents, consultants, representatives or distributors.
To take part in the disclosure initiative, taxpayers must inform HMRC about any amount due and make arrangements to pay tax, interest and penalties by 28 February 2013.