Join Etsy in opposing a newly proposed UK online sales tax

The UK government is considering introducing an online sales tax that would hurt the e-commerce sector, in particular small and microbusinesses like Etsy sellers, who would bear the brunt of the tax.

The proposed tax is intended to address concerns that the business rates system imposes an unreasonable burden on high street stores, as they face a tax on the rental value of non-domestic property, while online retailers can operate without the “high-value” properties. But while there may be legitimate concerns about the viability of the high street, a new tax on online sales is the wrong approach—especially in the midst of COVID-19.

Now more than ever, small businesses need to be able to sell goods online. That’s why we’re urging the Government to avoid imposing a new online sales tax, and instead consider broader reforms to the business taxation system to ensure an even playing field for online and high street retailers.

But lawmakers won’t act on these ideas unless they hear from you—their constituents—directly.

Will you join us and sign the petition today?

See petition letter here: