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Online Tax Calendar | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)

  • Mon, March 20, 2023 11:26 AM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    Terms of Service - Mercari: Your Marketplace

    • Effective April 17, 2023, the calculation for the payment processing fee that is charged to sellers will change from 2.9% of the item sold price plus $0.50 per completed transaction to 2.9% of the combined item sold price and shipping price plus $0.50 per completed transaction. Note: The shipping price refers to both buyer and seller paid shipping using Mercari labels and Mercari Local delivery.
    • All transactions will automatically be updated starting April 17, 2023, to reflect the latest fees. For listings created before April 17, 2023, it may take several weeks from the effective date for updated fees to be fully implemented. Any sale transaction that is already in process before the fee updates are implemented will be completed with the existing processing fee.
    • Effective May 1, 2023, the Instant Pay processing fee will increase from $2.00 to $3.00 per Instant Pay transaction and the transfer limit will increase from $500 to $600 per month. 

     Shipping fees start at $9.50. 

  • Sun, March 19, 2023 3:41 PM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    New valuation rules introduced for specified goods | India | Law.asia

    Excellent article by our friend Reena Asthana Khair, Esq. , Kochhar & Co.

  • Thu, March 16, 2023 11:13 AM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    On April 7, 2023, Multi-Channel Fulfilment (MCF) fees will be increased across some size tiers to reflect rising operational costs brought about by inflationary pressures and to help ensure that we can continue to provide best-in-class fulfilment services for your business.

    The fee updates include the following:

    • A small decrease, or no change, for envelope size tiers.
    • An increase for parcel size and oversize size tiers.

    Envelope and parcel tiers will continue to benefit from our recently introduced multi-unit discounts, which offer cheaper per-unit rates for multi-unit orders.

    Multi-Channel Fulfilment improvements

    To continue to support your business growth, we’ve made the following improvements:

    • Unbranded packaging in the UK, available at no additional cost.
    • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification of our IT security systems, demonstrating our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of data security and compliance.
    • An on-time delivery rate of more than 98%.

    For more information and the detailed rates, go to Multi-Channel Fulfilment: 2023 UK fee updates

  • Thu, March 16, 2023 11:06 AM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    Payments Terms of Use | eBay.com

    Update effective March 14 for new sellers, May 14 for existing sellers.  The announcement was published in Australia.  E-Sellers should monitor for announcements in other countries. 

  • Thu, March 16, 2023 10:57 AM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    Customs forms | USPS News Link

    This rule, effective March 1, 2023,  applies to all 27 EU countries, Norway and Switzerland.  You must be specific in description and provide the right tariff code.  The right code is necessary for your customer paying duty and taxes accurately.  Lack of proper information places your package in jeopardy.

  • Tue, March 14, 2023 4:10 PM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    SEC.gov | SEC Charges Rio Tinto plc with Bribery Controls Failures

    Poor controls, no management commitment, 3rd party consultant, no scope of work....

  • Fri, March 10, 2023 11:04 AM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    On Trade, Biden Sidelines USTR for Commerce Department (foreignpolicy.com)

    Interesting article on a shift to US competitive advantage.  Collaboration or Competition?

  • Fri, March 03, 2023 4:24 PM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    National-Cybersecurity-Strategy-2023.pdf (whitehouse.gov)

    The strategy places responsibility on the owners and operators of systems that hold our data. The strategy seeks to drive equitable collaboration to correct market failures. It incorporates using clean energy to strengthen the resiliency of the U.S. electric grid. It seeks enhanced digital identity solutions to access social and other networks. 

  • Fri, March 03, 2023 3:37 PM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    Dubai suspends new customs duty on international goods above Dh300 - News | Khaleej Times

    De minimis reverts to Dh1000 on March 1. Earlier this year Dubai lowered the threshold to Dh300 and imposed a duty of 5% and a VAT of 5% on imported goods. This is good for ecommerce. 

  • Thu, March 02, 2023 3:22 PM | Karen Kelly (Administrator)

    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco Delivers Remarks at American Bar Association National Institute on White Collar Crime | OPA | Department of Justice

    Every US company, large or small, must know and comply with all export laws. 

    "Our goal is to empower companies to do the right thing,  — while empowering our prosecutors to hold accountable those who don’t follow the law...We will add more than 25 new prosecutors who will investigate and prosecute sanctions evasion, export control violations and similar economic crimes."

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