New EU-VAT regulations threaten small businesses January first 2015

As of January first 2015 the Value Added Tax on digitial products and services sold internationally within the EU no longer must be paid in the country where the seller is located but in the country where the buyer is located. And to make matters worse, the VAT rate of that country has to be paid. HOW? I hear you wonder. How indeed. This is and administrative nightmare and puts an unbearable burden on small businesses and webshops. As of today, only 4% of affected businesses can comply with the rules in two weeks. Come January first they can either close their business or break the law. Don’t think this affects you? The EU is planning to implement the same regulations for physical goods in 2016. So if you’re selling physical goods outside your own country, you’re next. The solution to this problem is simple: the EU has to make an exemption for small businesses, for instance based on a revenue threshold. You have a voice! You can sign this petition here (also more detailed info to be found here): https://www.change.org/p/pierre-moscovici-a-unilateral-suspension-of-the-introduction-of-the-new-eu-vat-laws-for-micro-businesses-and-sole-traders You can tweet about it using these twitter handles: #EUVAT #VATMOSS More info here: http://euvataction.org/2014/12/14/twitterstorm-essential-info Don’t underestimate the power of many. Let your voice be heard! photo credit: TPCOM via photopin cc
December 16, 2014
Chris Vermeulen
News, EUVAT, small business owner, smb
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A step-by-step small business guide to Twitter

I have a confession to make… For a long time, I didn’t really get Twitter. And I know I’m not the only one. Twitter has about a billion registered ‘users’ of which roughly half have never even once sent a tweet! And half of the other half doesn’t even check Twitter once a month. So all of these people heard about the hype, checked it out, created an account, didn’t quite get it and abandoned it. Maybe to only get back to it in the future. Maybe. Well, if you are one of those 750 million people, you might want to check out this interactive guide to Twitter Because being on Twitter can really help your business. And this guide shows you how.  Enjoy and share with your fellow entrepreneurs ;-) – Chris – PS: Even if you are an active Twitter user, this guide will help you heaps because it also has optional advanced stuff.
July 20, 2014
Chris Vermeulen
Social Media Done Right, guide, smb, twitter
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