What is the new Plastic Tax for businesses starting this April?

/ Accounting, Government, SME, Tax

Author: Johan Da Silva

Tags: Plastic Packaging Tax, Plastic Tax, PPT

The government has implemented a new Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) starting 1 April 2022 for businesses in the UK or overseas that produce or import certain plastic packaging.
The businesses that will be affected by the new tax will be importers or producers of over 10 tonnes of plastic packaging per year and which materials do not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. It will not apply to plastic packaging if it contains at least 30% recycled plastic.
What can businesses do so that they don’t need to pay this new tax? Look into alternatives to replace plastic packaging that is less than 30% plastic. Nowadays there are many alternatives to plastic. The tax will also apply to consumers who buy plastic packaged goods.
We know that there is going to be an ongoing pressure on businesses in the coming years to try and adopt more environmentally friendly policies, whether they come from government mandated taxes or the simple pressure on businesses to show that they are taking environmental issues more serious. But is this too
much to ask for some small businesses that are already struggling from rising costs? What do you think?
We have prepared another blog to help keep some business costs under control which may be worth a read.
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