If you are selling to people in the EU, they could end up paying a local tax plus a handling fee and having their deliveries delayed.The IOSS scheme avoids all that.
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If you are delivering less than 1,000 items per year to European consumers, it is more cost effective to setup a gateway service with a company specilising in processing IOSS for small companies. The integration is very similar, whereby the appropiate tax is added to the checkout and is paid for through your existing payment gateway, however, by implementing an API, it is possible and legal to use a 3rd party's IOSS number and pay them to handle the IOSS and VAT declarations.
Such a service costs around £2 per transaction, with no setup charges with them. It's a great way to get started.
We can also help integrate your site to use such a service if this is of interest to you.
Please fill in the above form for a discussion, and we can give you a quote based upon your existing ecommerce setup.