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24

Jan

2018

Partner Spotlight: Seller’s Choice

Seller’s Choice is a full-service digital marketing agency for e-commerce sellers.  They provide  uniquely personalised marketing and managed services for digital marketplace sellers, e-commerce merchants, and brand builders worldwide. Their team’s personal experience and expertise makes them the number one seller’s choice. We asked Andrew Maffettone, Director of Marketing and Operations, a couple of important questions. […]

23

Jan

2018

Webinar – What exporters need to know about VAT overseas

Our 2018 VAT webinar will provide you with a great introduction to the VAT regulations that any business new to exporting will need to understand.   Date: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 Topic:  Whether you are planning to sell goods or services into the EU or beyond into the rest of the world, Claire Taylor, CEO of […]

22

Jan

2018

The Essential Guide to VAT for Online Retailers Selling in France

  Information for online retailers selling into France, marks our sixth country-specific Essential Guide to VAT and what you need to know when selling online.  This is focused on those companies based within the EU as well as those non-EU sellers selling into the France.   1.VAT Registration   Foreign companies can register for VAT […]

17

Jan

2018

EU BTW Registraties voor Ecommerce Verkopers

Verkoopt u goederen online en internationaal? Wilt u weten of u BTW geregistreerd moet zijn in een bepaald EU-land? Bij SimplyVAT.com – Zorgen we ervoor dat u niet verdrinkt onder al uw BTW verplichtingen   De EU-regels voor BTW bij verkoop-op-afstand   Wist u, dat alle verkopen die u online realiseert, aan lokale of andere […]

16

Jan

2018

Optimizing Your E-Commerce Website to Increase International Traffic

  For someone in e-Commerce, the notion of expanding your business globally is both exciting and daunting all at the same time. The why of international expansion is understandable; while you have nearly 320 million potential customers in the United States, the world-wide population is just over 7 billion. While not all of those people […]

08

Jan

2018

Partner Spotlight: Shapiro

    Shapiro is a leading logistics company for over 100 years, specialised in ecommerce freight management and commercial cargo. This week we asked Nicola Phillips from Shapiro what online sellers should know about their supply chain for 2018. Read her tips below and see how they can help!   1.What does Shapiro offer to […]

11

Dec

2017

An Introduction to Importing from China to the European Union

Guest Post by: Fredrik Gronkvist, ChinaImportal.com Europe is back in business, and the ecommerce market is growing at double digits across the European Union. Some may say it’s too late to get into ecommerce at this point. I don’t believe that. I believe 2018 is the perfect time to get started in ecommerce. While some may source […]

06

Dec

2017

Five Key Ingredients for Effective Ecommerce Customer Service

Guest post by: Simon Wright, Parcelhub.co.uk The customer is king in the ecommerce age and delivering great customer service is – along with great shipping and price – becoming one of the defining factors that sets you apart from your competitors. Give consumers what they want, and do it with style and great service, and they […]

04

Dec

2017

Partner Spotlight: TaxJar

Looking for help with your US Sales Tax? This week’s partner spotlight showcases our partner, TaxJar, and their tips for conquering the United States starting with Sales Tax! Check out how they can help you success in 2018: 1.What does TaxJar offer to e-commerce sellers? TaxJar is the simplest way for online sellers to collect, […]

24

Nov

2017

New Year, New Selling Opportunity: Germany

Looking to increase your sales in 2018? Why not try selling in Germany!    Here’s 11 useful tips relating to your German VAT obligations!   The German online market is 2nd largest in Europe – with 68 million people (84% of the German population online regularly).  Sales are predicted to reach Euros 100 billion by 2020.  […]

15

Nov

2017

EU VAT Registrations For Ecommerce Sellers

Selling Goods Online Internationally? Want to know if you should be VAT registered in an EU country? At SimplyVAT.com – We Stop You Drowning Under Your VAT Compliance Obligations   The EU VAT Distance Selling Rules   Did you know any sales you make online to local and other EU private consumers are governed by what’s […]

13

Nov

2017

Partner Spotlight: Parcelhub

This week, we have asked our partner, Parcelhub, to showcase what they can do to help you succeed with your international expansion! Check out how they can help and their top tips for 2018:   1.What does Parcelhub offer to e-commerce sellers? Parcelhub is a flexible and scalable e-commerce delivery management and outsourced customer services […]

07

Nov

2017

HMRC New Online Seller Compliance Audits

    THE UK TAX AUTHORITY IS CLAMPING DOWN ON NON-VAT COMPLIANT NON-UK ONLINE RETAILERS. WE EXPLAIN HERE HOW YOU CAN STAY COMPLIANT AND CAN KEEP SELLING   WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW? HMRC are currently approaching sellers directly and via the marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay searching for non-VAT compliant non-UK sellers. They are […]

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Oct

2017

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Aug

2017

E-commerce in the News – August 15

Here’s Our Weekly Round-Up of Important E-Commerce Industry news, Just for You! Every Tuesday we will be bringing you relevant VAT and E-commerce articles to keep you informed in the latest industry news. Britain’s Amazon obsession helps revenues at its UK warehouse business jump 50% Oscar Williams-Grut, Business Insider UK Revenue at Amazon’s key UK […]

14

Aug

2017

Review Manipulation Amazon Suspension and Obtaining Reinstatement

Amazon sellers are being suspended from selling on Amazon because of allegations of review manipulation.  The following is a guideline for obtaining the reinstatement of your sellers’ account if Amazon accuses you of review manipulation. Review manipulation is when Amazon claims you did something to obtain positive reviews.  Review manipulation can be direct or indirect.  […]

08

Aug

2017

E-commerce In The News

Here’s our Weekly round-up of important e-commerce news, just for you! Every Tuesday, we will be bringing you relevant VAT and e-commerce industry news to keep you informed. Overseas Businesses Face eBay VAT Charge Changes Pat Sweet, CCH Daily Last year the UK Chancellor successfully push through legislation to make all sellers trading via UK […]

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May

2017

Effective eCommerce Shipping For Building Customer Loyalty

May 23rd 2017 – By Simon Wright, Parcelhub   Ecommerce sales are growing at around 15% per year, according to IMRG Capgemini, and so whatever you sell, wherever you sell it, you are going to spend a large chunk of your time shipping goods to consumers. While shipping is a key cost and operational issue […]

23

May

2017

Webinar: VAT Rules For Retailers Selling Into The EU

About This Webinar Is your ecommerce business following all the right VAT rules when selling into the EU? Understanding your VAT obligations as an ecommerce retailer can be complicated and confusing. Failing to meet these obligations can land you in serious trouble – from facing some large fines to having your retail business shut down […]

22

May

2017

Making Sure Your VAT Ducks Are In a Row on Amazon FBA

SimplyVAT.com CEO, Claire Taylor, recently spoke with Michael Michielini from Global From Asia about trading globally online and the challenges sellers face including VAT. Topics Covered in this Episode   1- Tell our audience a little bit about yourself?   2- Your Business When did you start, how you get started, what made you decide […]

22

May

2017

Virtual Assistants – Your Secret Weapon to Scaling Your Business & Doing Less

Guest blog by David De Souza from Ecommerceguider.com. A blogger and podcaster dedicated to helping e-commerce entrepreneurs gain the knowledge and understand the key components of e-commerce business success. Listen and learn as I interview successful entrepreneurs to hack their secrets for your benefit. Virtual Assistants – Your Secret Weapon to Scaling Your Business & […]

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Apr

2017

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Mar

2017

Global Sources Summit Hong Kong – For online retailers

Global Sources is hosting their biannual summit and trade shows in Hong Kong where they host a variety of expert sessions for online sellers and retailers. It is a great opportunity to learn, network, and source. CEO of SimplyVAT.com, Claire Taylor, will be speaking amongst 20 other speakers including multi-million dollar retailers, sourcing experts, and […]

09

Mar

2017

UK Spring Budget 2017 – VAT Implications

The UK Chancellor delivered his Spring Budget yesterday.  Affecting online sellers are the following: UK Established Companies VAT Registration and deregistration thresholds – From 1 April 2017 the VAT registration threshold will increase from £83,000 to £85,000 and the deregistration threshold from £81,000 to £83,000.   This means, from April 1st 2017, if you are a […]

04

Mar

2017

eBay Global Shipping Programme: What you should know

Our Guest Blog is by the UK’s premier eBay Specialist Consultant, Jane Bell – also known as eBayAnorak – who has lived and breathed eBay for over 15 years. Since 2002 she has been listed as an eBay Powerseller as well as a Top Rated Seller with over 10,ooo positive feedbacks at 100%. Jane also […]

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Mar

2017

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Feb

2017

EVENT: International Ecommerce – Brighton 22nd Feb 2017

International Ecommerce Selling internationally represents a huge opportunity for all retailers big or small but it can seem an overwhelming task to plan and implement. Whether you are new to cross-border ecommerce, already selling overseas, or wanting to expand your current international strategy, this event aims to give you a checklist of strategic and tactical […]

09

Jan

2017

Webinar for Online Retailers

Smart Money Management Join us on Thursday 19 January when we’ll be helping you to master the finance fundamentals of international selling and make 2017 your biggest year yet. We’re bringing together experts in tax compliance, foreign exchange and working capital management for an FREE hour of essential money management strategies for cross-border SMEs: Control […]

21

Dec

2016

Are you prepared for VAT in 2017?

Recent announcements from Amazon stated that HMRC is tracking VAT compliance, and under UK law, Amazon is required to disclose to HMRC seller account data on request if HMRC believes a seller may not be compliant. A similar statement was also released to all sellers within German The Amazon fulfilment centres to highlight the need […]

06

Dec

2016

Getting to Grips with Trademarks

You may have read countless articles on trade marks but getting to grips with whether or not it is necessary for your business can be difficult to navigate. Here are the facts you need to decide whether now is the time to protect your brand. ♦ Why trademark? It’s always more clear to explain with […]

25

Nov

2016

6 Surprising Mistakes People Make When Starting an Ecommerce Venture

When you start working for yourself as an ecommerce entrepreneur, it can be hard to get a proper perspective on what you’re doing. Errors and mistakes can easily creep. Here are the top six mistakes people make when they are starting out; its good to learn the do’s and don’ts from others. 1.  Sloppy financial […]

24

Oct

2016

Proven Selling Strategies for Amazon Sellers – UK Conference – This Week!

Proven Amazon Selling Strategies – 26/27th October – London This is a ‘not to be missed’ opportunity to learn tried and tested methods to succeed on Amazon from some of the most successful USA Amazon sellers. The UK Sellers Conference is on the 26th and 27th October in London and aims to help both growing […]

28

Sep

2016

What Non-USA Based Online Sellers Need to Know about U.S. Sales Tax

This guest post is brought to you by TaxJar The U.S.’s sales tax system is complicated for U.S.-based sellers to understand, so it stands to reason that international sellers would find it a real quagmire! This post will explain the basics of U.S. sales tax for non-U.S.-based sellers and point toward some resources to help […]

21

Sep

2016

European Private Label Summit – How to Expand Your Amazon FBA Business

EUROPEAN PRIVATE LABEL SUMMIT – HOW TO EXPAND YOUR AMAZON FBA BUSINESS We are honoured to be part of the European Private Label Summit which is running this week online from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th September 2016. Many topics are being covered to help you breath longevity into your Amazon-based business. Get access to […]

01

Jul

2016

Post-It Notes: Royal Mail’s 2D barcode labels save time and money

Two online sellers label it a success Last year Royal Mail announced that it would be upgrading its parcel delivery network, which meant that Royal Mail business account holders needed to start printing new 2D barcode labels. The Royal Mail asked users to switch over to 2D barcode labels by October 2015 but lots of […]

24

Jun

2016

Potential Impact of UK leaving the European Union

The announcement has been made that the people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union. There are concerns on how this will affect online retailers selling into the EU both from the UK and outside the EU.  Please be assured the UK will not immediately leave the EU, there is a negotiation period of […]

10

Jun

2016

The Importance and Tools of The Right Inventory Management Software

  WELCOME TO BUSINESS BASICS —The cyclical and never ending nightmare that is inventory management.   Inventory management is one of those aspects of an e-commerce business that is responsible for more consumption of ibuprofen than any other business necessity in the world today. When one of my clients says to me; “I’d like you to […]

28

Mar

2016

Using Fulfilment By Amazon to Sell into Europe? What are the VAT implications..

Many non-European Union based sellers are now using the impressive Amazon infrastructure to reach new and hungry markets inside Europe. There are, however, EU Value Added Tax obligations that Amazon sellers need to think about – and get right – to ensure the success and longevity of your European online sales. ScanPower  is a high quality app that helps […]

27

Dec

2015

Webinar – The Essential Guide To European VAT & Ecommerce

Selling Online Internationally? SimplyVAT.com and ibt Partners are hosting a WEBINAR to get your New Year international expansion plans off on the right foot! Date: 13th JANUARY 2016 Topic:  The Essential Guide To European Value Added Tax (VAT) and Ecommerce  – Understand how VAT affects your sales in Europe and the factors to consider.   To Register now! https://info.ibtpartners.com/essential-guide-to-ecommerce-and-european-vat […]

30

Nov

2015

The Essential VAT Guide For Online Retailers Selling Into The UK

Information for online retailers selling into the UK marks our fifth country-specific Essential Guide on what you need to know when selling online.   This is focused on those companies based within the EU as well as those non-EU sellers selling into the UK. Foreign companies can register for VAT in the UK without the need […]

17

Oct

2015

Selling Through Amazon Or Ebay – What VAT obligations do you need to think about?

Selling Online is now providing amazing opportunities to ordinary people across the world. If you are one of the new breed of online entrepreneurs successfully selling through your own website or through the marketplaces such as Amazon or Ebay, you will know there is alot to think about – from web localisation and logistics, to […]

03

Aug

2015

The Essential VAT Guide For Online Retailers Selling In Italy

Our thoughts are in the Mediterranean today as we wish for some summer sun from our offices in the UK! Italy is the 4th of our country-specific Essential Guides on what you need to know when selling online. Foreign companies can register for VAT in Italy without the need to form a local company. Voluntary […]

07

Jul

2015

The Essential VAT Guide For Online Retailers Selling In France

VAT Registration Foreign companies can register for VAT in France without the need to form a local company. You can also voluntarily register for VAT in France. However please let your own tax authority know that you have opted to voluntarily register there. If you are based outside the EU and require a French VAT […]

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May

2015

The Essential VAT Guide For Online Retailers Selling in Germany

Our second in our country-specific series for online retailers selling abroad. This month we focus on Germany. The Essential VAT Guide For Online Retailers Selling in Germany Overview Foreign companies can register for VAT in Germany without the need to form a local company. There is no VAT threshold in Germany for registration of non-resident […]

27

Apr

2015

The Essential VAT Guide For Online Retailers Selling In Spain

Selling online abroad can be a minefield.  Different countries have different rules and regulations.   We are going to run a series of blogs looking at the VAT rules in the most popular EU ecommerce destinations.   The Essential Guide to VAT for Online Retailers Selling in Spain Overview Foreign companies can register for VAT in […]

06

Apr

2015

International VAT: The Essential Guide

Selling Online opens up great opportunities to many, many people, who ordinarily might not have gone into retail. The marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay provide you with the infrastructure to be able to test the international waters without too much initial investment.  They can also take away a lot of the research needed on […]

27

Feb

2015

The Real Benefits of Using a Foreign Exchange Company

Get equipped for Cross Border Trade with the right currency tools   Our blog this month comes courtesy of Currencies Direct.   They tell you how to make the currency markets work in your favour – and it’s easy – so start saving money today! The foreign exchange markets are unpredictable. They are complex, volatile and massively […]

02

Feb

2015

VAT MOSS – The Checklist

The introduction of the new VAT rules on the supply of electronic services is a month old.  However there is still a lot of confusion out there. Below we’ve dispelled a few of the myths: We’ve also produced a check list to help you which has been published in Currencies Direct ‘Knowledge Hub‘ last week. […]

24

Dec

2014

Happy Holidays!

  Happy Holidays and A Very Prosperous 2015! Hopefully now you have fulfilled all those Christmas orders and are getting ready to relax before the onslaught of the New Year sales.   We wish you Health, Wealth & Happiness for 2015. From All the Team at SimplyVAT.com.

30

Nov

2014

Increase Xmas Sales using Amazon & Ebay & other tips!

Great resources available to help you sell Internationally and increase your Xmas sales including help with using Amazon and Ebay, web localisation and your European VAT obligations.

31

Oct

2014

Fright Night! Have you complied with the EU distance selling VAT Laws?

Are you sitting comfortably? ….  maybe, just maybe I will scare you enough to make your knees knock and your teeth chatter..   until you decide to comply with the EU distance selling VAT obligations…! Is it worth the sleepless nights of worrying about things going ‘bump’ in the night? Or hearing the late night […]

30

Sep

2014

10 Top Tips For Trading Internationally..

With the advent of the web comes fantastic opportunities for a global audience – but is it as easy as selling in your home market? We have compiled a ‘Top 10 List of Things To Think About’ when selling abroad. 1. Do your homework –Understand what is involved, how it impacts on your business and […]

29

Aug

2014

Seminar: Ecommerce – How To Make Your Online Business International

A Date For Your Diary – September 25th 2014 As part of the Brighton Digital Festival,  we have teamed up with the UKTI and Brighton Chamber of Commerce to present a HALF DAY SEMINAR on the opportunties and pitfalls of selling internationally. You’ll learn about: E-marketplaces Market selection How to get the most from your website in an overseas market Complying with local […]

24

Jul

2014

Tamebay – The eBay and e-commerce blog making your life easier!

 Tamebay is a fantastic blog written with eBay and e-commerce business owners at the forefront of their mind. Their aim is to make the lives of these individuals easier, by providing relevant and up to date material. With over 90,000 subscribers, Tamebay is both well established, and a well-respected place to go to find information or […]

27

Jun

2014

Protecting Your Online Store From Fraud..

With the E-commerce market growing so rapidly, fraud is becoming a great concern to everyone involved.   Our guest blog is from SagePay who have created a brilliant whitepaper.  We have highlighted the main points below.  To read the full white paper, please click on the link.  SagePay ‘Everything You Need To Know About Fraud’ Whitepaper_June […]

02

Jun

2014

EU Consumer Rights Directive 2014 – How It Affects You..

The new EU consumer Rights Directive comes into effect from June 13th 2014. It’s purpose – i) to regulate distance selling across the European Union so consumers have the same rights across all 28 member states and ii) to encourage growth and consumer confidence when buying across borders. The Directive gives the cancellation rights and responsibilities for […]

02

May

2014

New EU Ecommerce VAT Rule Changes in 2015 ..Do They Apply To You?

Do you sell physical goods abroad?  Then NO, these rule changes don’t affect you – you are still obligated to charge VAT under the distance selling rules Do you sell electronically supplied services, such as online training, music and film downloads, software? Then YES … PLEASE READ ON..   If you supply any of the […]

24

Mar

2014

COMPETITION TIME!!

‘LIKE‘ our facebook page for a chance to win!   We are giving away 5 FREE copies of the brilliant book ‘Go Global – How to take your business to the world’. Packed with useful information on how to trade online internationally – in this book, best-selling author Emma Jones shows how you don’t need […]

17

Mar

2014

Selling Online To European Customers From Outside Europe?

VAT Register To Give Your Customers A Better Buying Experience The world is divided into two territories when it comes to VAT – those inside the European Union and those based outside. EU Based Companies If you are within the European Union  and you sell your goods online to consumers in other countries within the […]

10

Mar

2014

The Use of Amazon or Ebay to Sell Your Goods Abroad

  Thinking of expanding internationally? Make the most of the online marketplaces to test the international waters.  By using the infrastructures of the established marketplaces means there are low barriers to entry to foreign audiences. eBay and Amazon are the best known places to start. Amazon Making the most of the fulfilment programmes run by […]

  • March 10 2014
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Jan

2014

Selling Goods Online and Abroad? What You Need to Know About VAT Compliance…

Whether you are a small independent retailer selling to a niche market, for example in Denmark, or have a big international online presence like ASOS, you need to be aware that you have VAT obligations when selling online abroad. There are rules and regulations which cannot be ignored – worst case scenario – your goods […]

  • January 28 2014
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13

Dec

2013

When World Domination Starts to Become A Reality For Your Business… Help Is At Hand with SIMPLYVAT.com

Global e-commerce sales have reached over USD 1.3 trillion this year (Source: Ystat.com Research 2013) and approx. 10% of these will be generated by cross-border sales (Source: Forrester 2013). With global reach comes a little bit more to think about – for example the local languages, currencies, payments, shipping and international VAT laws. Lots of […]

  • December 13 2013
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03

Dec

2013

Ecommerce & International VAT

Selling goods online and to customers abroad? You need to be aware of your tax obligations in those countries. SIMPLYVAT.com ensures you meet all your VAT compliance needs.




CHECK IF YOUR SALES ARE OVER THE VAT REGISTRATION THRESHOLDS

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Dec

2013

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Dec

2013