(copied/pasted from http://onemanbandaccounting.co.uk/eu-vat-changes-2015/
. Some of the links are broken in this copied version, please refer to the original)
What You Can Do. Stop panicking!
I mean that. I can see you.
Panicking is the enemy of action and action is what is going to save our ass.
1. Keep Up The Pressure To HMRC & The EU
[Update 8:/12/14 The UK is now able to unilaterally suspend implementation of this legislation if they choose to.
Keep up the pressure to HMRC, your MP/MSP, your MEP, the press and on social media tagging the official accounts. Why are the national press not covering this more?
HMRC need our help for them to help us. Make it clear that nano businesses need exceptions at EU level to comply with all the relevant laws (data protection laws, non-discrimination laws, EU wide liability isn’t a good business risk at this level). It is not appropriate for nano businesses to keep identity theft level data for 10 years by law. It is also not currently possible to collect the data until definitions are clearly decided at EU level so the developers (techy people) can code (make) fully compliant solutions.
Focus on revenue (they like that word). The tiny amount of revenue lost by nano businesses having an EU-wide threshold and the benefit to country economies when people can create businesses that provide means to earn an income that keep people off state aid (benefits), enable people to stop claiming state aid (benefits), provide the means to provide care for children and parents so the state doesn’t need to contribute or pay, enables people who have mental health and physical difficulties to become a taxpayer (and stay off state aid). This hits them where it hurts in the coffers.
The UK is a global leader in nano digital businesses because of our high VAT threshold and other countries lose out on that revenue.
Ask HMRC and your politicians why the UK is not unilaterally suspending implementation to allow implementation issues to be resolved (it’s not just about VAT, it’s about data protection too).
We are voters, you are a voter, we are the people helping the government save on its huge education, child care, benefits, elder care and health care bills. I personally as part of my family saved the government around £100k by caring for my father in law. Give them numbers.
2. Make A Fuss To The People With The Power To Make Change
[Update: 8/12/14 PRIORITY: We need EU case studies of how it is affecting businesses in the EU and how businesses in the EU struggle to contribute to revenue because of the higher VAT threshold in your country. If you are in the EU, make yourself heard, they think you don’t exist!
The EU presidency changes to Latvia on 1 January. Do you know businesses in Latvia, are in Latvia and affected by this (as a buyer too), or have contact there? The Latvia presidency is Jana Salmiņa ([email protected]
Write to Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, ([email protected]
); Maria Elena Scoppio, EU cabinet member ([email protected]
); Simon O’Connor, EU Communications Adviser (simon.o’[email protected]
); Frans Timmermans, EU First Vice-President, ([email protected]
); Andrus Ansip, EU Vice-President for the Digital Single Market ([email protected]
); Jyrki Katainen, EU Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness ([email protected]
); Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society ([email protected]
); Michael Hager, EU Chef de Cabinet ([email protected]
Write to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, Vince Cable (details here39)
Write to your MP or MSP and MEP (find out who it is here40 and here41) (send a message here42)
[Update: 8/12/14 Vince Cable has responded to the petition below with ‘the standard line’ showing he has no grasp of the issues. Keep up the pressure.]
Sign43 this petition to uphold the VAT threshold started by Issy Zinaburg
3. Make A Fuss To The Press & HMRC To Show This Has Severe Impact
Contact the newspapers and the BBC. Who do you know who has in-house contacts?
Call, tweet, email and write to HMRC
Get onto the lobbying organisations for businesses, childcare, older people care, expanding the UK economy. This is not just a business thing, it’s a UK economy thing
Contact your local media
[Update: 8/12/4 WHY are the national press not covering this properly? Tell them how mad you are about this! (and yes, you can schedule it in your social media apps )
4. Share, Share, Share!
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Share articles and blog posts you see on this, get it trending. Get it in Facebook news
Use #vatmoss #vatmess. Use hashtags that are global and Europe wide. This isn’t really a VATMOSS issue. Get it trending and stay trending, UK, Europe, global
Tell everyone you know. If people don’t have any automated digital content then they will have bought it. Plugins, music downloads, wordpress themes, it’s all included, even forum subscriptions and recordings of live webinars
Keep sharing through December
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