SOTE Blog About Online Stores
Information related to e-commerce law. Store regulations, changes in the law regarding online stores, changes in VAT and advice on setting up an online business.
In Polish law, in accordance with European standards, the consumer is a special figure and is surrounded by legal protection. A consumer is considered to be an individual who makes a transaction with a business not directly related to their economic or professional activity. In other words, purchases are made only and exclusively for individuals, not for their professional activities. In opposition to the consumer stands the entrepreneur, who sells something as a professional.
Google is introducing important changes regarding the saving of cookies files and every store should adjust to the new requirements. The change consists of adding additional cookie settings options. To activate the new cookie options, simply update the store to the latest version.
The Omnibus Directive, more precisely the European Parliament and Council Directive (EU) 2019/2161 of 27 November 2019 amending Council Directive 93/13/EEC and European Parliament and Council Directives 98/6/EC, 2005/29/EC and 2011/83/EU as regards better enforcement and modernisation of Union consumer protection rules, introduces significant changes in the area of consumer protection law.
With the new year, a tax revolution called officially "Polish Order" also comes into force. There are many changes, some less, some more beneficial. Let's answer the question, however, what does the Polish Order actually mean for entrepreneurs?
A safe shop is not only a program, but also a good and up-to-date shop regulation. Therefore, we have prepared an update of the shop regulation package for our customers, adapting it to the new EU VAT rates for consumers. The regulation is prepared in cooperation with the law office of Arkadiusz Jaskuła from Poznań. Translations of the regulation are carried out as a sworn translation.
We have released an update regarding the calculation of VAT for transactions within the European Union. This is related to the legal changes that came into effect on July 1, 2021. The update enables the calculation of VAT in international transactions in accordance with the new regulations. The main change is that customers from the EU make purchases with the VAT rate applicable in their country. Previously, the VAT rate was calculated according to the seller's country.
In connection with the changes in VAT in ecommerce sales coming into effect on July 1, 2021, we present below a brief description prepared by the Arkadiusz Jaskuła law firm we collaborate with.
We have made changes to the store software resulting from Brexit. This is an important change for all stores where orders with delivery to the UK are possible. As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, it is no longer possible to sell goods with 23% VAT or EU VAT to it.
Undoubtedly, the online store regulations constitute an important legal document of the online store, since it fulfills the function of a contractual pattern in sales relations with the customer. It contains the rights and obligations of the buyer and the entrepreneur conducting sales within the online store.
We have added a new option to the order which allows to specify the order for companies as a non-professional purchase. This change adapts the store to the legal changes coming into effect on January 1, 2021. The amendment to the Consumer Rights Act and the Civil Code, coming into effect on January 1, 2021, mainly changes the fact that individuals conducting business in certain cases will gain new privileges and additional consumer protection.
In today's times, you can practically do everything through the internet. Especially in the current situation related to the ongoing threat of infection due to the pandemic, remote contract making remains a convenience that is worth taking advantage of.
Running your own business does not always bring the expected results. The effects of the pandemic are a problem for all entrepreneurs in this regard. The Polish legislator provides for the possibility of suspending the activity in such a situation, instead of completely liquidating it.
If you run an online store, business support is also available for your store. Check if you can take advantage of the solutions for entrepreneurs offered as part of the anti-crisis shield.
Under the current legal state, the consumer, as the weaker party of a given legal relationship, can benefit from special protection. However, similar protection does not apply to sole proprietorships that are in disputes with larger entities.
A sole proprietorship is primarily about conducting business on one's own account, responsibility and risk. However, it is the simplest form of running a business. The multitude of existing conveniences in terms of the process of setting up a business does not exclude the obligation to take action that will enable it. However, most of them can be done online.
Since April 30, 2018, the Business Constitution has been in force, which is a set of laws enabling the running of a business, including without registration in CEIDG and making ZUS contributions. The introduction of regulations in this scope is intended to facilitate the verification of a business idea and the performance of activities on one's own account without the need to implement the standard, formal procedure, including the obligation to register, submit to ZUS or additional financial burdens.
One of the obstacles to smooth business operations is the untimely settlement of payments for services and goods. This problem mainly affects medium, small and micro companies, whose contractors do not pay on time. Find out how to fight payment bottlenecks.
The Friendly Law Package (a law aimed at reducing regulatory burdens), which in part has been in effect since January 1, 2020, includes several dozen business facilitation measures. The main objective of the Package is to establish the so-called right to error, right to complaint and facilitation for crafts.