Take part in HMRC research and earn £50 worth of vouchers

Published on 23 September 2019

HMRC are looking for volunteers on a low income to tell them about their experiences of earning income through an online platform. HMRC’s aim is to get a better understanding of people’s experience of using and being paid by platforms.

HMRC are interested in the experiences of those aged 16-70 who are earning some or all of their income through an online platform and who fall into the following categories:

  • Are on benefits or on a low income (between £12,500-£20,000), who use online platforms to supplement income;
  • Use online platforms to source work; 
  • Are selling goods or providing a service e.g. renting out a room through online platforms;
  • Are disabled, students or retirees who use online platforms;
  • Consider they have low digital skills.

You may fit into more than one of the categories above and/or you may be using one or multiple platforms. The platform needs to be the type where the person selling something or a service is also paid via the platform. This includes: Ebay, Airbnb, Task Rabbit, Airtasker, Amazon services, Treatwell, Uber, Ubereats, Deliveroo, Handy.

The interview would either take place, face-to-face, at your work/home (if you live in or around London) or remotely (via Skype, Google Hangout etc.) if you have access to a computer or laptop.

The interview would be with an HMRC researcher. It would take up no more than 60 minutes and HMRC would arrange a time that is most suitable to you. All details of the interview and your identity will be anonymised (if the interview is recorded then the recording will be deleted after 6 months).

If you think you can help and would like £50 worth of vouchers, then contact Joanne Summerfield at joanne.summerfield [at] hmrc.gov.uk

The vouchers should not be considered taxable income by HMRC but if you are on benefits, you may wish to check whether the vouchers will be counted as income with the relevant Department.

Your input will be very valuable to HMRC and, indeed, you could help shape the future of tax for those earning income through online platforms!

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