Smart Franking Machines – Blue Ink Changes
Blue Franking Machine Ink
The Royal mail have announced that if you are using a SMART franking machine, you will be switched to be printing in blue ink over the coming months. If you are not already using blue ink in your SMART machine, the transition will be very easy and your supplier will assist you in obtaining a blue ink for your SMART machine.
The good news is that Mailcoms is one of only two independent franking machine suppliers who are approved to supply red or blue ink outside of the original equipment manufacturers. Royal Mail’s approval means that they’ve tested our ink through their Mail Centre Automation and can be sure that their systems can recognise and sort mail efficiently that’s been franked with our approved ink. Royal Mail are currently testing our blue ink which will be confirmed shortly.
Mailcoms are approved to supply ink by the Royal Mail, confirmation of our approval and more details regarding this can be found on the Royal Mail website at http://www.royalmail.com/business/help-and-support-ordering-your-essentials.
VAT on Royal Mail Services Through a Smart Meter Franking Machine
Vat on Royal Mail services is nothing new, with effect from 31st January 2011 some of Royal Mail services that can be accessed and paid for through a franking machine did become liable for VAT. In simple terms, if you didn’t or do not have a franking machine fitted with a ‘SMART’ Meter then you will no longer be able to access these services via your franking machine.
A Franking Machine fitted with a ‘SMART’ meter enables data to be transferred back to the Royal Mail on the type of services used. This in turn automatically generates a VAT statement and allows you to claim the VAT back from HMRC and more importantly allows you to be able to continue using the service.
Unfortunately whenever the Royal Mail make the slightest change some franking machine companies or lone sales people can take advantage and use the confusion to lead customers in to believing they have to change their franking machine when in fact they don’t. Worse still, we’ve already seen a number of customers receive aggressive marketing communications who already have a smart meter in their franking machine but are so confused they’re unsure as to whether the new changes affected them until we advised them accordingly.
For a guide on whether your franking machine is smart compliant find out more at https://www.mailcoms.co.uk/smart-franking-machines-smart-compliant-machines-models.
For Further information please call us on 08450 530930.