GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CONSUMERS

OF USE OF PIE SYSTEMS PROPRIETARY VAT REFUND SYSTEM

Last updated Oct 25, 2021  

AGREEMENT TO TERMS

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) of use of Pie Systems proprietary VAT refund system constitute a legally binding agreement made between you (“Customer”, “you”, or “your”) and Pie Systems Inc, 717 Market St. STE 100, San Francisco, 94103, and all of its subsidiaries, including, but not limited to:

hereinafter referred to “Pie Systems”, “we”, “us”, or “our”, concerning your access to and use of Pie Systems’ service called Pie VAT, accessible as a mobile phone application or through our websites piesystems.io or pievat.com (“App”) and use of services offered through the App or our websites piesystems.io or pievat.com such as VAT/tax refund services (“Services”).

Claiming VAT refunds is simple, fast and secure. When claiming VAT refunds through the App you acknowledge that you will receive the VAT amount deducted with a fee to cover our services.

AMENDMENTS

Pie Systems reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions. In such case, Pie Systems shall promptly inform the Customer and make the new version of the Terms and Conditions available to the Customer. Should the Customer thereafter continue to use the App, the Customer shall be deemed to have accepted the amendments. In the event you cannot accept any amendment to the Terms and Conditions you are entitled to terminate the use of the App without further notice.  

The information provided on the App is not intended for distribution to or use by any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation or which would subject us to any registration requirement within such jurisdiction or country. Accordingly, if you access the App from other locations you do so on your own initiative and are solely responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

ELIGIBILITY

The App is intended for users who are at least 18 years old. Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to use or register for the App.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Unless otherwise indicated, the App and Services offered through our App is our proprietary property and all source code, databases, functionality, software, website designs, audio, video, text, photographs, workflows, processes, and graphics on the App (collectively referred to as the “Content”) and the trademarks, service marks, and logos contained therein (the “Marks”) are owned or controlled by us or licensed to us.

The Content and the Marks are provided on the App “AS IS” for your information and personal use only.

Except as expressly provided in the Terms and Conditions, no part of the App and no Content or Marks may be copied, reproduced, aggregated, republished, uploaded, posted, publicly displayed, encoded, translated, transmitted, distributed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose whatsoever, without our express prior written permission.

Provided that you are eligible to use the App, you are granted a limited license to access and use the App and to download or print a copy of any portion of the Content to which you have properly gained access solely for your personal, non-commercial use. We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you in and to the App, the Content and the Marks.

WORKFLOWS AND PROCESSES

By using our App, you will be using our VAT/tax refund services. The steps, workflow, and processes, including, but not limited to, actions required, information submitted, sequence of actions, etc. are included in our intellectual property rights and are protected as such. Any attempts to copy, imitate, or reproduce the workflow or process in part or whole will be considered an infringement.

By using our App and Services:

1) You acknowledge that you have purchased the goods and that you intend to export the goods within the allowed period by law; and

2) You are a resident outside of the country (or region) of purchase (as dictated and defined by the appropriate VAT refund laws) and comply with the requirements for receiving a VAT refund on your transactions.

REFUNDS VIA CASH POST

By utilizing CASH POST via the App (refunds via cash in Japan), you are entering into an agreement with Kabushiki Kaisha Pie Systems Japan.

USER REGISTRATION

To use the App, you are required to register. You agree to keep your password confidential and will be responsible for all use of your account and password. We reserve the right to remove, reclaim, or change a username you select if we determine, in our sole discretion, that such username is inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise objectionable.

USER REPRESENTATIONS

By using the App, you represent and warrant that: (1) all registration information you submit will be true, accurate, current, and complete; (2) you will maintain the accuracy of such information and promptly update such registration information as necessary; (3) you have the legal capacity and you agree to comply with the Terms and Conditions; (4) you are not a minor in the jurisdiction in which you reside; (5) you will not access the App through automated or non-human means, whether through a bot, script, or otherwise; (6) you will not use the App for any illegal or unauthorized purpose; and (7) your use of the App will not violate any applicable law or regulation. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, we have the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the App (or any portion thereof).

RIGHT OF CANCELLATION

When claiming your VAT refund through the App you accept that you do not have a right to withdraw from the Services.

 

MOBILE APPLICATION LICENSE

  

If you access the App our use our Services via the App, then we grant you a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited right to install and use the mobile application on wireless electronic devices owned or controlled by you, and to access and use the mobile application on such devices strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions of this mobile application license contained in the Terms and Conditions. You shall not: (1) decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, attempt to derive the source code of, or decrypt the application; (2) make any modification, adaptation, improvement, enhancement, translation, or derivative work from the application; (3) violate any applicable laws, rules, or regulations in connection with your access or use of the application; (4) remove, alter, or obscure any proprietary notice (including any notice of copyright or trademark) posted by us or the licensors of the application; (5) use the application for any revenue generating endeavor, commercial enterprise, or other purpose for which it is not designed or intended; (6) make the application available over a network or other environment permitting access or use by multiple devices or users at the same time; (7) use the application for creating a product, service, or software that is, directly or indirectly, competitive with or in any way a substitute for the application; (8) use the application to send automated queries to any website or to send any unsolicited commercial e-mail; or (9) use any proprietary information or any of our interfaces or our other intellectual property in the design, development, manufacture, licensing, or distribution of any applications, accessories, or devices for use with the application.

 

APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES

 

The following terms apply when you use a mobile application obtained from either the Apple Store or Google Play (each an “App Distributor”) to access the App: (1) the license granted to you for our mobile application is limited to a non-transferable license to use the App on a device that utilizes the Apple iOS or Android operating systems, as applicable, and in accordance with the usage rules set forth in the applicable App Distributor’s terms of service; (2) we are responsible for providing any maintenance and support services with respect to the App as specified in the terms and conditions of this mobile application license contained in the Terms and Conditions or as otherwise required under applicable law, and you acknowledge that each App Distributor has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the App; (3) in the event of any failure of the App to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify the applicable App Distributor, and the App Distributor, in accordance with its terms and policies, may refund the purchase price, if any, paid for the mobile application, and to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the App Distributor will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the mobile application; (4) you represent and warrant that (i) you are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. government as a “terrorist supporting” country and (ii) you are not listed on any U.S. government list of prohibited or restricted parties; (5) you must comply with applicable third-party terms of agreement when using the mobile application, e.g., if you have a VoIP application, then you must not be in violation of their wireless data service agreement when using the mobile application; and (6) you acknowledge and agree that the App Distributors are third-party beneficiaries of the terms and conditions in this mobile application license contained in the Terms and Conditions, and that each App Distributor will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce the terms and conditions in this mobile application license contained in the Terms and Conditions against you as a third-party beneficiary thereof.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

As part of the functionality of the App, you may link your account with online accounts you have with third-party service providers like e.g. Facebook (each such account, a “Third-Party Account”) by either: (1) providing your Third-Party Account login information through the App; or (2) allowing us to access your Third-Party Account, as is permitted under the applicable terms and conditions that govern your use of each Third-Party Account. You represent and warrant that you are entitled to disclose your Third-Party Account login information to us and/or grant us access to your Third-Party Account, without breach by you of any of the terms and conditions that govern your use of the applicable Third-Party Account, and without obligating us to pay any fees or making us subject to any usage limitations imposed by the third-party service provider of the Third-Party Account. By granting us access to any Third-Party Accounts, you understand that (1) we may access, make available, and store (if applicable) any content that you have provided to and stored in your Third-Party Account (the “Social Network Content”) so that it is available on and through the App via your account, including without limitation any friend lists and (2) we may submit to and receive from your Third-Party Account additional information to the extent you are notified when you link your account with the Third-Party Account. Depending on the Third-Party Accounts you choose and subject to the privacy settings that you have set in such Third-Party Accounts, personally identifiable information that you post to your Third-Party Accounts may be available on and through your account on the App. Please note that if a Third-Party Account or associated service becomes unavailable or our access to such Third-Party Account is terminated by the third-party service provider, then Social Network Content may no longer be available on and through the App. You will have the ability to disable the connection between your account on the App and your Third-Party Accounts at any time. Please note that your relationship with the third-party service providers associated with your third-party accounts is governed solely by your agreement(s) with such third-party service providers. We make no effort to review any Social Network Content for any purpose, including but not limited to, for accuracy, legality, or non-infringement, and we are not responsible for any Social Network Content. You acknowledge and agree that we may access your email address book associated with a Third-Party Account and your contacts list stored on your mobile device or tablet computer solely for purposes of identifying and informing you of those contacts who have also registered to use the App. You can deactivate the connection between the App and your Third-Party Account by contacting us using the contact information below or through your account settings (if applicable). We will attempt to delete any information stored on our servers that was obtained through such Third-Party Account, except the username and profile picture that become associated with your account.

 

SUBMISSIONS

 

You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback, or other information regarding the App ("Submissions") provided by you to us are non-confidential and shall become our sole property. We shall own exclusive rights, including all intellectual property rights, and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of these Submissions for any lawful purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you. You hereby warrant that any such Submissions are original with you or that you have the right to submit such Submissions. You agree there shall be no recourse against us for any alleged or actual infringement or misappropriation of any proprietary right in your Submissions.

 

APP MANAGEMENT

 

We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to: (1) monitor the App for violations of the Terms and Conditions; (2) take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in our sole discretion, violates the law or the Terms and Conditions, including without limitation, reporting such user to law enforcement authorities; (3) in our sole discretion and without limitation, refuse, restrict access to, limit the availability of, or disable (to the extent technologically feasible) any of your contributions or any portion thereof; (4) in our sole discretion and without limitation, notice, or liability, to remove from the App or otherwise disable all files and content that are excessive in size or are in any way burdensome to our systems; and (5) otherwise manage the App in a manner designed to protect our rights and property and to facilitate the proper functioning of the App.

 

PRIVACY POLICY

 

We care about data privacy and security. Please review our Privacy Policy for more information on how we process personal data.

 

TERM AND TERMINATION

 

The Terms and Conditions shall remain in full force and effect while you use the App. Without limiting any other provision of the terms and conditions, we reserve the right to, in our sole discretion and without notice or liability, deny access to and use of the App (including blocking certain ip addresses), to any person for any reason or for no reason, including without limitation for breach of any representation, warranty, or covenant contained in the Terms and Conditions or of any applicable law or regulation. We may terminate your use or participation in the App or delete your account and any content or information that you posted at any time, without warning, in our sole discretion.

 

If we terminate or suspend your account for any reason, you are prohibited from registering and creating a new account under your name, a fake or borrowed name, or the name of any third party, even if you may be acting on behalf of the third party. In addition to terminating or suspending your account, we reserve the right to take appropriate legal action, including without limitation pursuing civil, criminal, and injunctive redress.

 

MODIFICATIONS AND INTERRUPTIONS

 

We reserve the right to change, modify, or remove the contents of the App at any time or for any reason at our sole discretion without notice. However, we have no obligation to update any information on our App. We also reserve the right to modify or discontinue all or part of the App without notice at any time. We will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, price change, suspension, or discontinuance of the App. We cannot guarantee the App will be available at all times though we will endeavor to ensure this. We may experience hardware, software, or other problems or need to perform maintenance related to the App, resulting in interruptions, delays, or errors. We reserve the right to change, revise, update, suspend, discontinue, or otherwise modify the App at any time or for any reason without notice to you. You agree that we have no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage, or inconvenience caused by your inability to access or use the App during any downtime or discontinuance of the App. Nothing in the Terms and Conditions will be construed to obligate us to maintain and support the App or to supply any corrections, updates, or releases in connection therewith.

 

GOVERNING LAW

The Terms and Conditions and your use of the App are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States (State of Delaware).

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with the Terms and Conditions, or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof, shall primarily be solved by voluntary agreement between the Customer and Pie Systems.

If the Customer and Pie Systems are unable to resolve a dispute through informal negotiations, the dispute shall be settled by the courts of Delaware.

 

CORRECTIONS

 

There may be information on the App that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies, or omissions, including descriptions, pricing, availability, and various other information. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update the information on the App at any time, without prior notice. Disclaimer the App is provided on an as-is and as-available basis. You agree that your use of the App and our Services will be at your sole risk. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, in connection with the App and your use thereof, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

We make no warranties or representations about the accuracy or completeness of the App’s content or the content of any websites linked to the App and we will assume no liability or responsibility for any (1) errors, mistakes, or inaccuracies of content and materials, (2) personal injury or property damage, of any nature whatsoever, resulting from your access to and use of the App, (3) any unauthorized access to or use of our secure servers and/or any and all personal information and/or financial information stored therein, (4) any interruption or cessation of transmission to or from the App, (5) any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like which may be transmitted to or through the App by any third party, and/or (6) any errors or omissions in any content and materials or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, transmitted,  or otherwise made available via the App. We do not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for any product or service advertised or offered by a third party through the App, any hyperlinked website, or any website or mobile application featured in any banner or other advertising, and we will not be a party to or in any way be responsible for monitoring any transaction between you and any third-party providers of products or services. as with the purchase of a product or service through any medium or in any environment, you should use your best judgment and exercise caution where appropriate.

 

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

 

Pie Systems is in no event liable for any indirect or consequential damage such as loss of profits. Pie Systems is not liable for any damages in relation to the Customer’s relationship with any third party.

 

INDEMNIFICATION

 

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us harmless, including our subsidiaries, affiliates, and all of our respective officers, agents, partners, and employees, from and against any loss, damage, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, made by any third party due to or arising out of: (1) use of the App; (2) breach of the Terms and Conditions; (3) any breach of your representations and warranties set forth in the Terms and Conditions; (4) your violation of the rights of a third party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights; or (5) any overt harmful act toward any other user of the App with whom you connected via the App. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we reserve the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us, and you agree to cooperate, at your expense, with our defense of such claims. We will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action, or proceeding which is subject to this indemnification upon becoming aware of it.

 

USER DATA

 

We will maintain certain data that you transmit to the App for the purpose of managing the performance of the App, as well as data relating to your use of the App. Although we perform regular routine backups of data, you are solely responsible for all data that you transmit or that relates to any activity you have undertaken using the App. You agree that we shall have no liability to you for any loss or corruption of any such data, and you hereby waive any right of action against us arising from any such loss or corruption of such data.

 

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSACTIONS, AND SIGNATURES

 

Visiting the App, sending us emails, and completing online forms constitute electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications for mere information purposes from both ourselves and our partners, and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications we provide to you electronically, via email and on the App, satisfy any legal requirement that such communication be in writing. You hereby agree to the use of electronic signatures, contracts, orders, and other records, and to electronic delivery of notices, policies, and records of transactions initiated or completed by us or via the App. You hereby waive any rights or requirements under any statutes, regulations, rules, ordinances, or other laws in any jurisdiction which require an original signature or delivery or retention of non-electronic records, or to payments or the granting of credits by any means other than electronic means.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

The Terms and Conditions and any policies or operating rules posted by us on the App or in respect to the App constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and us.

Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The Terms and Conditions operate to the fullest extent permissible by law.

We may assign any or all of our rights and obligations to others at any time. We shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, delay, or failure to act caused by any cause beyond our reasonable control.

If any provision or part of a provision of the Terms and Conditions is determined to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from the Terms and Conditions and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

There is no joint venture, partnership, employment or agency relationship created between you and us as a result of the Terms and Conditions or use of the App.

QUESTIONS, COMPLAINTS AND CLAIMS

If you have any questions, complaints or claims, please contact us at [email protected] or submit a complaint to the European Commission via http://ec.europa.eu/odr.