Eco-Tax

 Introduction

On 2 January 2007, the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive came into force.

The WEE Directive aims to both reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it. The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.*

*Environment Agency source

Do the WEEE Regulations apply to your business?
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations apply to almost all businesses. Please visit this page for further information:
http://www.netregs.gov.uk/netregs/topics/WEEE/63061.aspx

Visit the following site for more information about the WEEE directive and your obligations, etc.:
http://www.environment- agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/32084.aspx

What is eco-tax?
Eco-tax is a fee required in certain countries, such as France, for the purchase of certain products to cover the costs of collecting and recycling these materials. Eco-tax is not yet a requirement in the UK.
 
 Implementing Eco-Tax on Your Site

There are three possible scenarios for managing eco-tax:

1) Your products are not subject to eco-tax.
If the products you sell aren't subject to eco-tax, fill in a zero (0) for the eco-tax amount in your product files. If you leave this field empty, this means that you don't know if the product is subject to an eco-tax. The difference may seem subtle between the zero value and a blank field, but it's rather important.
For example, we transmit the amount of eco-tax of your products to price comparison services and they make the distinction between these two states (zero value or empty):
- The zero value clearly indicates that the amount was filled in and that it's certain that the product is not subject to an eco-tax. Therefore, prices are compared based solely on the price of the product.
- The "empty value" indicates that you don't know if the product is subject to eco-tax or that the amount has not yet been entered by the seller. In this case, many price comparison services will display a note indicating that your item price may not be exact compared with other sites that have correctly filled in the eco-tax amount.

NOTE: For the following two scenarios, you can modify the eco-tax management mode in the property editing page of the catalog. This can be found in the [Commerce\Items (Products-Services)] menu under the "Component - Properties" tab. Your focus will be on the "Taxes and Price Display" section.

2) You have to manage eco-tax and you want to bear the financial burden.
You have to manage eco-tax, but you don't want it to change the selling price of your products. In other words, you want to pay the required eco-tax and not impose it on your customers. The cost of the eco-tax then becomes strictly informative for your customers.
In this case, follow this procedure:
- First fill in the amount of eco-tax for your products.
- Then activate eco-tax management by selecting the "Eco-tax included in the price" mode.
When the price is displayed in the catalog or shopping cart, the system will indicate the amount of eco-tax included in the price. For example: "Price: 1000 GBP (Ecotax included: 13.00 GBP)".

3) You have to manage eco-tax and you want the customer to pay for this tax.
In this case, the eco-tax is indicated next to the price and is added to the final cost of the order. The customer will pay the eco-tax in this instance.
Follow this procedure to set-up this scenario:
- First fill in the amount of eco-tax for your products.
- Then activate eco-tax management by selecting the "Add eco-tax to the price" mode.
When the price is displayed in the catalog or shopping cart, the system will indicate the amount of eco-tax that needs to be paid in addition to the price of the product. For example: "Price: 1000 GBP (+ Ecotax 13.00 GBP)".
 
 Questions/Answers

Can I have products with and without eco-tax in the same catalog?
Yes, this is entirely possible. The amount of eco-tax is independently entered for each item in your catalog. If a product is not subject to eco-tax, then enter a value of zero (0) in the product file. Attention: If you leave this field blank, you are indicating that you don't know if the product is subject to an eco-tax or not. This may be an important factor for certain price comparison services.

How is eco-tax handled by price comparison services?
Actinic independently transmits the item AND its eco-tax to all price comparison services. Afterwards, each service is free to use the comparison policy they judge to be pertinent. Actinic is not responsible for the treatment of this data and can, in no case, influence price comparison services concerning their comparison methods.
 

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