Update – It’s Time To Crank Things Up A Gear – Find Out How You Can Join In
Jan 6, 2015 — Firstly, thank you to all those of you who are continuing to sign and share the petition - we are now up to almost 23,000 signatures - which is a wonderful achievement - but let's keep the momentum going!
Our discussions with HM Treasury / HMRC have led us to realise that the kind of meaningful changes to the legislation that we are asking for need to come from Brussels - so we have started an EU-wide petition calling on Pierre Moscovici to implement a unilateral suspension of the new EU VAT laws for all micro businesses and sole traders.
Currently we only have approximately half the number of signees there as here, so please do come over and sign that petition too: https://www.change.org/p/pierre-moscovici-a-unilateral-suspension-of-the-introduction-of-the-new-eu-vat-laws-for-micro-businesses-and-sole-traders
We need to raise awareness across the EU and to make Brussels realise that this isn't a 'UK Issue'.
As we are all aware, the new EU VAT rules came into force on January 1st 2015, complete with their devastating unintended consequences for the smallest businesses. So here at campaign HQ we have been discussing how we can take our campaign to the next level.
The campaign has already grown massively in the past two months and we now have the ear of the EU Commission, as well as a consultative voice, on behalf of the smallest businesses and sole traders, on key UK committees.
2015 CAMPAIGN AIMS:
1. Immediate: businesses to call their national government to immediately suspend the implementation of the legislation due to the devastating unintended consequences for micro businesses, whilst it is reviewed.
2. Short-term: to obtain a fair and reasonable exemption threshold, to apply worldwide
3. Short-medium-term: to work with the key EU decision-makers to review this legislation from the ground up, reworking it to be practical, fair and reasonable, even for the smallest companies
4. Long-term: to work at a global level to ensure that the other countries who are bringing in similar place of supply VAT legislation learn from the experiences we are having in the EU and avoid repeating the same mistakes.
For the full update, see Clare Josa's article here: http://euvataction.org/2015/01/05/eu-vat-update-its-time-to-crank-things-up-a-gear-find-out-how-you-can-join-in/
Over the coming months, we will progress the campaign aims in many ways, including meetings, lobbying, working with politicians, working with the media, getting input into February’s OECD document, Twitter storms (next one likely to be w/c 12th Jan), and much, much more.
Please join us in our new <EU VAT Action Campaign Group> Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/euvataction/) and keep an eye on our updates here and on our Twitter feed to make sure you know what’s coming next (https://twitter.com/euvataction).
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
JOIN US: in our new <EU VAT Action Campaign Group> Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/euvataction/. The campaign has grown so big that it needed its own space and we would love you to come and join us there.
Our campaign group is the ideal place to get answers to your questions, to find out how to get inspired by the Action Challenges, to connect with other businesses and to help each other keep trading and find workable solutions, while the campaign works towards its goals.
Thank you so much, as always, for your on-going support.
Together, we can make a difference.
Issy & the EU VAT Action Team