Reporting Rules for Digital Platforms (Uber, Deliveroo, Etsy, Airbnb etc): HMRC’s Update


The development of digital platforms has transformed how we connect, buy items, and access services. However, the difficulty of guaranteeing tax compliance for people and organizations operating on these platforms comes with this digital change. In response to this difficulty, the UK government has implemented reporting standards for digital platforms. To level the playing field and combat tax evasion. This blog will go over the specifics of this legislation, its goals. The potential impact on digital platform operators and sellers.

Understanding the Measure

The rules for reporting on digital platforms give HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) the power to get important information about how much money sellers on these platforms make. The rules say that some digital platforms in the UK must send this information to HMRC. This information is then sent to tax officials in other countries where the sellers live and pay taxes. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) rules allow this sharing of information. The OECD’s goal is to improve international cooperation and make sure that tax reporting standards are always the same.

Policy Objectives

The main objective of these regulations is two-fold. First, they aim to support the government’s efforts to help taxpayers get their tax right from the beginning, minimizing errors and potential tax evasion. Second, by implementing the OECD rules, tax authorities gain better visibility of the income generated by sellers on digital platforms, ensuring a level playing field between digital businesses and traditional brick-and-mortar enterprises. This standardized approach to reporting also streamlines the compliance process for sellers and aids in detecting and addressing tax evasion.

Scope and applicability

The reporting rules for digital platforms primarily affect digital platforms operating in the UK that facilitate the provision of services or sale of goods. This includes a wide range of platforms such as ride-hailing apps, food delivery services, freelance work platforms, and short-term accommodation rentals. Additionally, UK taxpayers, both individuals, and companies, who provide services or sell goods on these digital platforms are also impacted by these regulations.

Operational Details and Timeline

The regulations are scheduled to come into effect from January 1, 2024, with the first reporting due in January 2025. During this phase, digital platform operators will have to collect specific information about sellers. Verify their identity and residency, and report this data to HMRC. The regulations also outline enforcement measures and penalties for non-compliance.

Impacts and Considerations

The implementation of these reporting rules will have various impacts on different stakeholders. Digital platform operators may face increased customer costs as they adapt their systems to collect additional information and comply with the reporting requirements. However, compliance with international reporting standards may also simplify the reporting process for these platforms in the long run. On the other hand, sellers on digital platforms are likely to benefit from improved customer experiences. As they receive a copy of the information reported to tax authorities. Aiding them in accurate income declaration and tax compliance.

Monitoring and Evaluation

To ensure the effectiveness of these regulations, HMRC will conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation by collecting information from digital platforms. This will allow continuous assessment of the impact of the regulations and identification of any necessary adjustments or improvements.


The reporting rules for digital platforms in the UK represent a significant step towards promoting tax compliance in the digital era. By enforcing consistent tax reporting standards for digital platform operators and sellers, the government aims to foster a fair and transparent business environment while cracking down on tax evasion. As digital platforms continue to shape our economy and society, it is crucial to adapt regulations to address emerging challenges. These reporting rules not only help streamline tax compliance but also contribute to a global effort in creating a level playing field in the digital marketplace.


– GOV.UK: Reporting rules for digital platforms policy paper

– OECD: Model Rules for Reporting by Platform Operators

This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal or financial advice. Please consult with relevant authorities or professionals regarding your specific situation.