Rights and obligations for online sellers: This is what you have to pay attention to!

The e-commerce market is growing and growing. More and more Internet users are not only on the Internet for purely private purposes, but have also set up their own online shop or sell DIY articles and second-hand goods via a thematically suitable sales portal.

Rights and obligations for online sellers: This is what you have to pay attention to!

The e-commerce market is growing and growing. More and more Internet users are not only on the Internet for purely private purposes, but have also set up their own online shop or sell DIY articles and second-hand goods via a thematically suitable sales portal. But what many do not know: Who sells new or used goods on the Internet, must also adhere to some rights and obligations. More and more popular: Selling surplus "ballast" for a fee on the InternetThe wardrobe is overflowing with superfluous clothes, the CD shelves are overflowing with silver discs that you no longer listen to, and the children's rooms are piled high with unused toys.

No wonder that in view of these and similar domestic scenarios, more and more ordinary people are coming up with the idea of selling their excess ballast on the Internet. Many ambitious hobbyists and handicraft artists are experiencing a similar fate: At some point, relatives and acquaintances are supplied with lovingly made knitted sweaters, crocheted dolls and handmade decorative items. So why not make money out of your own skills on the Internet? Commercial sale on the Internet? Please think of the trade licence! In principle, this is a good idea. But regardless of whether you use an online sales portal or set up your own Internet shop, if you want to sell commercially, you first have to get a trade licence and pay taxes if your turnover exceeds a certain level.

By the way, this also applies to private occasional sellers who want to get rid of a little of their home stock now and then on the Internet, but also at local flea markets! In principle, the private sale of clothing and books, for example, is permitted and tax-free, but anyone who sells more than 30 items a month or regularly over a longer period of time could quickly come under the scrutiny of the tax office.Anyone who wants to sell safely online on a regular basis, perhaps even specifically thinking about starting their own business, should definitely get a trade licence. A business registration is usually possible at the municipal trade office, the citizens' office, in the town hall or also at the public order office and is only associated with low costs. The official permit then entitles you to operate your own business. It doesn't matter whether you want to open a shop, an online shop or simply offer your goods for sale at public markets on a regular basis.

The data provided to the office will be forwarded to the tax office, the trade supervisory authority and the responsible chamber of industry and commerce. As a small entrepreneur you are on the safe side! Applying for a trade licence does not mean that the newly self-employed person will have to deal with extensive bookkeeping and high tax payments in the future. At least not if the sales do not exceed certain turnover limits per year. As a rule, you should first classify yourself as a small business when registering your trade.

This is a trade in which the operator does not yet have to comply with the complex requirements of the Commercial Code. According to the Commercial Code, small traders are not "real" merchants and therefore do not have to keep books. Those who run a small business may not have a turnover of more than 17,500 euros in the year of foundation and in the following years, i.e. they may not have an average monthly income of more than 1,458 euros.