GS Develops HMRC Compliance Safeguard

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GS Systems has introduced a new safeguard to its EPOS technology to ensure hospitality operators stay within the law when purchasing alcohol wholesale and to protect them from possible large financial penalties.

From April 2017, operators could possibly face fines of up to £10,000 if they buy alcohol for onwards sale from wholesalers without checking if the supplier is registered with HMRC.

The initiative is part of HMRC’s Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS).

Under this scheme, it is the operators responsibility to check the HMRC registration status of their wholesalers who sell them alcoholic drinks for reselling to their customers.

They can do this by asking the wholesalers for their unique reference number (URN) and entering them into an online service to the check the current status.

GS Systems has developed a brand new MAX GP feature that allows GS clients to enter the AWRS Reference for each drinks wholesale supplier onto the system’s supplier database. Clients can then automatically check the status of their suppliers when they order alcoholic drinks for resale.

“This automation helps operators ensure they don’t buy from illicit wholesalers and safeguards them against falling foul of the new legislation,” said Niels Nielsen, GS Systems managing director.  “The drinks wholesaler compliance check permanently stores the HMRC URN in the supplier database.  This is checked every time a new order is placed.”

“This is another great example of GS developing and enhancing our solutions to ensure our clients follow good practice procedures.  Streamlining operations whilst complying with current sector-specific legislation is just one of the many benefits our solutions offer them.”