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Regulation

Once you start buying goods to sell, you’re running a business and have legal responsibilities and obligations; it's a jungle of regulation that will only grow in complexity as the business develops... Read our Regulation Position Paper.
By Chris Dawson March 12, 2020 - 2:42 pm

VAT Making Tax Digital Changes 1st April 2020

From the 1st of April 2020, the so called 'soft landing' period for VAT Making Tax Digital ends and you will need to have fully digital records and VAT return submission to HMRC in place. The reason this is important is you could incur penalties

Google moves UK user data to the US

Google are moving all British user data from being controlled by Google Ireland to being controlled by Google LLC in the US. This move is as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU and as a contingency step in case the UK moves away

Amazon demand European VAT numbers from US sellers

There's been some concern about an email Amazon sent to merchants, both in the EU and the US, regarding uploading French VAT numbers to Amazon. The email didn't have much explanation about who it was intended for, so it's understandable that some US sellers were

Do you need to register and pay the Data Protection Fee?

The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched a campaign to remind sole traders, small companies and SMEs of their legal responsibility to pay a Data Protection Fee. The move marks the start of an extensive programme to make sure the Data Protection Fee is paid by

eBay and Facebook pledge to tackle fake reviews

eBay and Facebook have made a pledge to stop the circulation of fake reviews on their platforms so hopefully sellers will have to worry less about fake competition. In June we reported that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) urged eBay to conduct an “urgent

Amazon start to collect VAT in more European countries

Amazon have started to collect VAT in more European countries. Residents of Norway, Switzerland and Armenia will all be charged VAT from the 1st of January 2020. The change is due to the countries starting to requiring non-resident companies providing remote services to begin collecting VAT

US Customs Electronic Data Clearance requirements from 1st January 2020

There will be some changes to US Customs for imports from January next year which, if not complied with, could result in your products being delayed at the US border or even rejected. The US will as of January 1st 2020 require all imports to have

Is the Cookie Law outdated and frankly just annoying?

Cookies are a basic part of how the Internet works but there's hardly anyone I know that is in favour of pop ups on just about every website due to the EU's Cookie Law. They store little bits of information about you such as when

New Zealand GST required for low-value goods from 1st December 2019

The New Zealand Government has passed into law new goods and services tax (GST) rules that apply from the 1st of December 2019. Overseas businesses that sell low-value goods to consumers in New Zealand may need to register for, collect and return GST of 15%.