Until further notice we will not be shipping orders
We received this notice on 1-10-2021:
Effective Jan 1, 2021, value added tax (VAT) must be collected for all goods entering the United Kingdom (UK).
There will be a 20% VAT rate on goods valued up to £135 (about $180 USD), which you must collect unless your online marketplace (e.g. eBay, Amazon, Etsy, etc.) is already collecting it. Current procedures for goods valued over £135 remain the same.
To prevent your UK shipments from being delayed, held, or returned by UK customs in 2021, please take the following steps:
1. Register for a VAT number with the UK: https://www.gov.uk/vat-registration
2. Collect VAT at the time of purchase.
3. Make quarterly VAT return payments to the UK.
In addition, you should include your VAT number on your customs declarations. This process will vary depending on your shipping software, so be on the lookout for instructions early next year.
They sent this to us on the 10th of Jan. 2021 and still left the last sentence wrong... "early next year"
So now, for the privilege of selling you something, we are supposed to be the tax collector for the UK as well as the Sales Tax Collector for the US and not be compensated for for this service. Sounds like SLAVERY to me, not to mention violation of the minimum wage laws.
On top of not being compensated, we have to pay the credit card processors 3%+ to process the tax payment.
Or we can list it with BIG TECH, pay them up to 20% commission, fill their coffers, screw you and me, and let them collect it.