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Strengths and flaws in the EU’s new IOSS

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Beleaguered British retailers are braced for yet more changes to how they sell goods to the EU. From 1st July 2021, a new EU Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) scheme means British-based e-commerce companies only need to register and pay VAT in one EU country to sell goods not exceeding £135/€150 across the entire EU. The new IOSS regulations certainly make retailers’ lives easier, but they aren’t entirely good news, says the international delivery expert ParcelHero.

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks M.I.L.T., says: “On the face of it, the new IOSS scheme helps return things to their pre-Brexit norm. However, in the case of the IOSS, the devil really is in the detail. We’re revealing five reasons GB traders should welcome the new scheme and five reasons the IOSS might make selling to EU customers even more complicated and expensive.”

Five reasons to welcome the new IOSS

1 IOSS greatly simplifies VAT procedures by allowing non-EU online sellers (remember that includes sellers based in Great Britain post-Brexit) to register for VAT in one EU member state, collect VAT from all their EU sales and report on a single monthly IOSS VAT return. No more multiple VAT filings in multiple countries.

2 Life is greatly simplified for sellers using online marketplaces. These become the ‘supplier’ when cross border B2C sales are made on them by third-party sellers. VAT liability (collecting and reporting) for sales in EU countries will fall on the marketplace rather than the merchant, providing the consignment is valued at less than £135 (€150). Our top tip is that businesses using only online marketplaces may now be able to end any existing EU VAT registrations, as they will no longer be responsible for collecting and reporting VAT.

3 Retailers’ EU-based customers won’t be facing any more unexpected VAT payments on purchases of goods sold in Britain, which will build back trust in buying from GB sellers.

4 Northern Ireland-based companies may enjoy an exemption threshold. NI firms can join the alternative intra-EU OSS scheme. Providing their sales to the EU don’t exceed £8,818/€10,000 per annum, NI-based organisations will only need to follow domestic VAT rules.

5 The IOSS scheme is voluntary and will speed up sellers’ EU shipments by creating a fast-track Customs clearance ‘green channel’ for consignments not exceeding £135/€150.

Five flaws in the new IOSS

1 The changes remove the previous VAT exemptions for SMEs on EU shipments worth £19/€22 or under. That means about 26,000 UK e-commerce sellers will have to register for VAT for the first time or stop selling to the EU.

2 The EU estimates it will cost around £6,900 per company each year for British sellers (that excludes Northern Ireland companies) to register and comply with IOSS regulations as a ‘non-Union’ user.

3 Unlike EU-based OSS users, IOSS users based in Great Britain don’t qualify for the new £8,818/€10,000 threshold before they have to pay EU VAT, rather than follow domestic rules. Only Northern Ireland sellers (under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol) have this option.

4 The new IOSS only applies to deliveries of items valued under the £135/€150 threshold. For all goods over that amount, GB businesses will have three choices: ensure their customer pays the import VAT at Customs; offer the option of delivering with all duties paid (DDP) or hold stock somewhere in the EU and register for VAT there.

5 Confusion still exists around registration. The gov.uk website states: ‘…it is not expected that the UK IOSS registration portal will be available for use for the 1 July 2021 launch’. There is also uncertainty about whether GB companies signing up for IOSS in an EU country must appoint an intermediary agent to register and file returns. Together with the French and German governments, ParcelHero believes this requirement does not apply to British sellers, as the UK-EU trade deal includes a tax and VAT mutual assistance agreement. The Republic of Ireland is a favourite option for GB companies because it uses English in business but, just to complicate matters, it recently stated it doesn’t yet recognise the agreement. Consequently, it will require the use of an intermediary agent.

ParcelHero’s in-depth analysis of the ongoing UK-EU trade problems and, in particular, the powder keg Northern Ireland Protocol agreement can be seen at: https://www.parcelhero.com/research/brexit-study

Source: https://www.logisticsbusiness.com/transport-distribution/freight-forwarding-3pl-4pl/strengths-flaws-eus-new-ioss/

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Velas Launches $5 Million Funding Program

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Press Release: Velas is proud to announce the launch of a $5 million funding program to support the growth of the Velas ecosystem and expand our reach in the new Web 3.0 epoch

3rd August, 2021, Zug, Switzerland  – Today Velas are announcing the launch of a major funding program for projects to build upon the Velas Blockchain, driving innovation to the fastest blockchain on the planet — to the tune of $5 million total.

Velas are inviting projects and developers to join their ecosystem of user-friendly, transparent and privacy-respecting products built on top of the Velas blockchain. Just port code from Ethereum, or develop on their native chain, to deploy applications within minutes.

For full technical details on the Velas Funding Program, click HERE.

Investments – What Can Participants Submit?

Investment sizes can be up to $100,000 per project. The general Grant Program is designed to fund projects covering a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • DeFi-related and DEX-related products
  • NFT-related solutions
  • Games and gaming – Including Educational, AI/VR/AR, Crypto Gamification, Strategies, Collectibles, Card Games, etc
  • dApps that unite the Velas blockchain with traditional sectors — Banking, Healthcare, etc.
  • Adoption of dApps that aid the adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

Velas will also actively encourage developers to create solutions that increase decentralization and transparency within the Velas Ecosystem. All projects will be tracked on GitHub – Teams can apply for grants more than once, but they need to successfully complete their previously allocated project before receiving additional funds.

Investment Criteria

Interested in applying for the grant? Check out the investment criteria below:

  • Goal(s) and scope of the project, plus outline of how the fund will be used
  • Business plan/whitepaper
  • Technical features and value proposition
  • An executive summary and pitch deck
  • Background and experience of the team
  • Go to market strategy and user acquisition plan
  • The project, timelines, targeted deliverables at each milestone, and estimated efforts to deliver on the plans provided
  • How the project benefits the Velas ecosystem
  • Amount of funding requested and payment method
  • Project or product/ service must be built on the Velas blockchain
  • All code must be open-source, and must not rely on closed-source software for full functionality.

Velas take licensing and copyright compliance very seriously. Using others’ work without attribution or indicating that work is not original will lead to immediate termination. Users should contact Velas before submitting if they have any doubts about licensing matters. 

Benefits

  • Recruiting – Velas assists startups to hire Top Tier talent.
  • Networking – Velas assists startups with connections to investors, funds and accelerators.
  • Marketing – Velas assists startups in engaging with key exchanges, finding opinion leaders, and building viral marketing campaigns.
  • Grants – Velas provides grants for the creation of new tools and projects.
  • Technical – Velas’ experienced developers will assist with the technical side of startup projects.
  • Research – Velas assists startups with all necessary research before going to market to explore new opportunities.

Applying for the Velas Grant

To apply for the Velas Grant Program, fill out an application form. Team applications should be submitted by one representative for the project, containing up-to-date contact information, experience, and the portfolio of all team members who would be involved in working on the task. Application forms will be reviewed within 14 working days and selection results will be sent to the email provided during the application. If a proposal is successful, further communication will be required to determine specific details around timelines and payment schedules. Feedback will occur throughout the grant process.

For further information and FAQs, please check out the official Velas docs page here.

Velas are proud to welcome innovative and exciting new projects, products and services to the Velas family, and welcome a massive expansion in the usecase of the Velas Blockchain, taking advantage of the best-in-class TPS, throughput, and developer support. The Velas Funding Program helps push the Velas Blockchain to be the most attractive, powerful chain in the entire crypto sector.

For full technical details on the Velas Funding Program, click HERE.

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Square To Acquire Afterpay And Allow Bitcoin Purchases

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Jack Dorsey’s company Square has announced that it plans to acquire Australian technology company Afterpay. This was revealed in a press release that went out on August 1st. The press release showed that both companies had entered into what is known as a Scheme Implementation Deed.

Square plans to acquire all of the issued shares in Afterpay. And this will be done by a recommended court-approved Scheme of Arrangement. The total value to be paid for Afterpay came out to $29 billion. This was based on the closing price of Square’s common stock on July 30, 2021, which had a strong close.

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Following the purchase, Square plans to integrate Afterpay with its existing apps. Then the payments app will start offering Bitcoin purchases for Afterpay users. The integration will also see Afterpay’s co-founders and Square’s co-CEO working together to lead Afterpay’s businesses in the Square ecosystem.

The all-stocks deal is slated to be finalized in 2022.

The CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey, said “Square and Afterpay have a shared purpose. We built our business to make the financial system more fair, accessible, and inclusive. And Afterpay has built a trusted brand aligned with those principles.

What Is Afterpay?

Afterpay is a service that allows you to buy and pay for things over a period of time. All the while offering zero interest on these purchases.

Users can pay for items in four payments, which are stretched out over two months. Payments are made every two weeks by the users until the price for the item is complete. And do not have to worry about interest rates being added to the purchases since there is none.

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The only additional payments that the payment service charges are late fee payments. Which are only implemented when customers do not pay the specified amount on the day it is due.

As of June 2021, Afterpay reportedly had over 16 million. The buy now, pay later giant has continued to report record sales in 2021. In the first quarter, Afterpay had reported a record $10 billion in sales.

Bitcoin Purchases And Benefits

The acquisition by Square will provide Afterpay users all of the benefits currently available to Cash App customers. Things like money transfer, stock purchases, bitcoin purchases, cash boost, and more will be available on the platform.

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These will be in addition to the services already being offered by Afterpay to its customers. Square hopes to accelerate its strategic priorities for its Seller and Cash App ecosystems using Afterpay. Which Square referred to as “the pioneering global ‘buy now, pay later’ (BNPL) platform.”

The integration will help bring buy now, pay later (BNPL) capabilities to even the smallest merchants. While customers will be able to manage their installment payments using Cash App. Also giving Cash App customers the option to use buy now, pay (BNPL) from the app.

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Eden to Protect Sushi Traders from MEV on Ethereum

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