Rules for Selling Online

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Monday, 5 November 2012 10:46

Internet Sales

As we lead up to the festive season a lot of people will be buying and selling online.

If your business relies on internet sales, or (selling online) then you need to know about website compliance – distance selling regulations that will apply to you. There are loads of guides to do with website marketing and how to sell online, but it is well worth reading a good guide on how to comply with the rules and regulations that protect people who buy online.

Online Selling Rules

Items bought via your online shop will be subject to the Distance Selling Regulations, and there is a lot of information in the Distance Selling Hub run by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK. The five key principles below are taken from the OFT website and if you want to find out if you are doing the right thing, click our links and go straight to the web compliance tips on their website.

We will add more posts when they issue more guidance on internet sales or internet rules and laws.


Excerpt from the OFT site:


Five of the simplest ways to make your website more compliant with distance selling regulations are by doing the following:


Providing a full geographic address

Providing a proper email contact address
Flagging up hidden or unexpected charges early in the buying process

Being clear and open about cancellation rights

Providing a full refund plus refund of delivery charges when things go wrong

Click here for more information on how to make sure your website is clear and accurate


As you can see – straightforward, practical and useful reminders. Do please google+ or rccommend this page using the links below to share it with your contacts.

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Webinars from the Inland Revenue

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:04

Understanding Business Tax

Whilst the UK Inland Revenue has many very useful guides to read online, it will be worthwhile to take a look at their free webinars. Below is the text of an email I have just received from them.


Remember that although the basics of business taxation are not as daunting as you might think, it makes sense to use professional help for at least the first few years of your business.


HMRC can help you understand tax and what you need to do through free webinars including:

  • My  self-employed journey with HMRC,
  • Business expenses for the self-employed,
  • Capital allowances for the self-employed and
  • How to complete your first online tax return.

Read more about HMRC live webinars where you can ask our experts questions whilst you are online or Find out about our library of pre-recorded webinars which you can watch anytime.

How to view an HMRC webinar

All you need to do is enter your name and email address to sign up and neither HMRC or CITRIX who’s software we use to host the webinars will ask for or keep any information about you or your business.

If you would like to provide some initial feedback or unsubscribe from the education email service please complete our feedback form:

Go to education email feedback form

Colin Ford

HM Revenue & Customs

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Autumn Budget summary

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Tuesday, 29 November 2011 03:49

No need to repeat the entire text here, asthere are plenty of comments from news agencies. However, here is a pdf of chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement to digest offline.

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