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September 02, 2011, 07:39:49 PM
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I don't know what the UK tax law is, but I assume 'Sole Trader' is the same as 'Sole Proprietor' in the US. That squares you with the IRS or equivalent, but does not say anything for the actual tobacco sales. I am saying that I bet you don't have a permit to distribute tobacco. To prove that you have the permit, we'd need to see the permit...
Clearly you didn't follow the link I posted above, and I quote
"In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, retailers DO NOT need a licence to sell tobacco"
From the UK tobacco retailers alliance.

As long as UK Duty is paid on the cigarettes (which it is before I buy them) and I declare my income as a sole trader I'm totally legal.

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I totally didn't see that link. What about Scotland and Ireland?

I am blown away that there is no permitting in England. How in the fuck can they enforce anything with negative permitting?

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September 02, 2011, 07:46:35 PM
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Considering now much excise taxes they take on those fags (meaning cigarettes) I am not surprised that they allow everyone and their mother to sell it.

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September 02, 2011, 08:01:35 PM
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I totally didn't see that link. What about Scotland and Ireland?

I am blown away that there is no permitting in England. How in the fuck can they enforce anything with negative permitting?

Scotland - currently it's still legal, but from October 1st you'd need to 'register' to sell tobacco from there - I'm not sure that's quite the same as a license though

Ireland I'm not sure, they have their own set of laws there!

I'm not sure what a license would help enforce? As Vladimir said tax on tobacco here is really high - higher than anywhere else in Europe - and shops would still be prosecuted if it was found they were selling cheap 'duty-free' cigarettes or doing anything else they shouldn't be.

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September 02, 2011, 08:05:10 PM
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I totally didn't see that link. What about Scotland and Ireland?

I am blown away that there is no permitting in England. How in the fuck can they enforce anything with negative permitting?

Scotland - currently it's still legal, but from October 1st you'd need to 'register' to sell tobacco from there - I'm not sure that's quite the same as a license though

Ireland I'm not sure, they have their own set of laws there!

I'm not sure what a license would help enforce? As Vladimir said tax on tobacco here is really high - higher than anywhere else in Europe - and shops would still be prosecuted if it was found they were selling cheap 'duty-free' cigarettes or doing anything else they shouldn't be.

So part of the UK is regulated. I was half wrong, so I'll stand up to half my bet on that...send me a payment address.

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September 02, 2011, 08:07:05 PM
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Since Bitcoins don't have a minimum age limit can you prove your customers aren't underage? Beucase if not you're most likely gonna get fined so much for it.
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September 02, 2011, 08:08:39 PM
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Since Bitcoins don't have a minimum age limit can you prove your customers aren't underage? Beucase if not you're most likely gonna get fined so much for it.

By who? From where?

I was arguing the technical side. It's not like anyone could actually enforce it.

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September 02, 2011, 08:12:24 PM
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So part of the UK is regulated. I was half wrong, so I'll stand up to half my bet on that...send me a payment address.
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September 02, 2011, 08:13:37 PM
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Since Bitcoins don't have a minimum age limit can you prove your customers aren't underage? Beucase if not you're most likely gonna get fined so much for it.

By who? From where?

I was arguing the technical side. It's not like anyone could actually enforce it.
Yeah, they have the same problem with cards - you have to have the warning that you're not allowed to buy it underage but other than that there's not a lot you can do.

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September 02, 2011, 08:29:22 PM
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September 02, 2011, 08:36:41 PM
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Since Bitcoins don't have a minimum age limit can you prove your customers aren't underage? Beucase if not you're most likely gonna get fined so much for it.

By who? From where?

I was arguing the technical side. It's not like anyone could actually enforce it.
Yeah, they have the same problem with cards - you have to have the warning that you're not allowed to buy it underage but other than that there's not a lot you can do.

Well no it's more of an issue since Banks will keep details on you such as your age and suchlike, and to get a credit or debit card most banks have a minimum age which in a lot of cases is 18.

On the other hand, any 12 year old could pick up a bitcoin client if he wanted to.
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September 02, 2011, 08:49:44 PM
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So part of the UK is regulated. I was half wrong, so I'll stand up to half my bet on that...send me a payment address.
Awesome, so there is some honour on the bitcoin forums  Wink Thanks!

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September 03, 2011, 12:43:15 AM
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Actually that's pretty accurate. No where in britain accepts bitcoins at all. The only thing you can use it for is buying drugs.
You're talking to a UK retailer of tobacco (for BTC) Wink

I'd put a 5btc wager on the fact that you are doing it illegally.
Does that mean you'll give me 5BTC if I can prove I'm not, and what would that entail? I'm trading as a Sole Trader in the UK. I count my expenses and when I sell BTC for fiat I will account for that as taxable income.

I don't know what the UK tax law is, but I assume 'Sole Trader' is the same as 'Sole Proprietor' in the US. That squares you with the IRS or equivalent, but does not say anything for the actual tobacco sales. I am saying that I bet you don't have a permit to distribute tobacco. To prove that you have the permit, we'd need to see the permit...

In some countries law is less crazy than in others. Imagine that!

He does not have to prove anything.


Of course he doesn't have to prove anything. He can take my bet or leave it. I really doubt tobacco sales is unregulated in the UK.
Why do you doubt that? Tobacco sales are unregulated here in Sweden too. The very idea that it would be regulated baffles me, I've never heard of such a thing.
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September 03, 2011, 12:52:26 AM
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Actually that's pretty accurate. No where in britain accepts bitcoins at all. The only thing you can use it for is buying drugs.
You're talking to a UK retailer of tobacco (for BTC) Wink

I'd put a 5btc wager on the fact that you are doing it illegally.
Does that mean you'll give me 5BTC if I can prove I'm not, and what would that entail? I'm trading as a Sole Trader in the UK. I count my expenses and when I sell BTC for fiat I will account for that as taxable income.

I don't know what the UK tax law is, but I assume 'Sole Trader' is the same as 'Sole Proprietor' in the US. That squares you with the IRS or equivalent, but does not say anything for the actual tobacco sales. I am saying that I bet you don't have a permit to distribute tobacco. To prove that you have the permit, we'd need to see the permit...

In some countries law is less crazy than in others. Imagine that!

He does not have to prove anything.


Of course he doesn't have to prove anything. He can take my bet or leave it. I really doubt tobacco sales is unregulated in the UK.
Why do you doubt that? Tobacco sales are unregulated here in Sweden too. The very idea that it would be regulated baffles me, I've never heard of such a thing.

Because if there are laws regarding the sale, distribution, and taxation of a product, there is normally an infrastructure to enforce it.

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September 06, 2011, 12:32:13 AM
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So part of the UK is regulated. I was half wrong, so I'll stand up to half my bet on that...send me a payment address.
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September 06, 2011, 01:13:58 AM
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So part of the UK is regulated. I was half wrong, so I'll stand up to half my bet on that...send me a payment address.
Awesome, so there is some honour on the bitcoin forums  Wink Thanks!

Here we go:
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