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For Sellers Shipping to the UK (and opting out)

Carolyn J. Bickford

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Effective Jan 1, 2021, value added tax (VAT) must be collected for all goods entering the United Kingdom (UK). Previously, the UK collected the VAT directly from buyers upon receipt of the package in the UK; now it must be collected at the time of sale.

There will be a 20% VAT rate on all goods valued up to £135 (about $180 USD). Atomic Avenue will calculate and charge this VAT tax to UK buyers, and this amount will be given to the seller in the disbursement for the order. The seller will be responsible for having a VAT number for the UK, including the VAT number on the customs form, and making quarterly payments and reports to the UK.

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 UK currency. You may also need to file returns during periods when you have no sales.

 In addition, you should include your VAT number on your customs declarations.

For sellers who wish to refrain from obtaining a VAT, currency conversion, and filing reports with the UK every 3 months, ComicBase and Atomic Avenue now support excluding UK sales. To do so update to the latest version of ComicBase and select the "Do Not Sell to UK" checkbox in the Internet > Sales section.

Atomic Avenue will support cancelling 2021 orders to the UK as non-scoring transactions before they have been marked as shipped. If you have a UK order but do not have a VAT number, select Other... from the cancellation reasons and enter "no VAT number" in the reasons box. The order will be marked as non-scoring and the cancellation will not affect your seller performance score. At the seller's request, Atomic Avenue may remove negative feedback regarding non-shipment from UK buyers. After 2021, sellers who cannot ship to the UK should have an updated version of ComicBase which allows them to exclude UK buyers from their store.

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