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How do you know if you’re trading on an e-marketplace website?

There’s a helpful YouTube video: Am I trading or not? which will provide you with information to help you decide whether you’re trading on an e-marketplace website.

Online businesses are treated in exactly the same way as all other businesses and can be run by self-employed sole traders, partners or limited companies. So, they need to follow the HMRC guidelines for that business structure.

If you’re trading abroad the Department of International Trade’s E-Exporting Programme aims to help UK companies sell their products or services to millions of global consumers and grow their business through online exports.

You can also view the YouTube video below for an introduction to the issues involved when trading with other countries via the internet.

Tax and VAT issues when trading with other countries using the internet