“The Envato Market provides a platform for millions of individual creative minds from around the world to create, upload and sell their items – much like Ebay.com, but for digital goods.”
This was infuriating to read. In what world is Envato anything like eBay? Apart from being marketplaces on the internet, there are literally zero other similarities. If you told a tax/vat worker that Envato is like eBay, they would immediately believe that authors have definitely had to pay VAT and declare 100% of the full sale amount in their income tax declarations.Less than a month for 2015 and this still isn’t even close to being resolved. It’s hard to put into words how annoyed and disappointed I am about all this.
Well, for me, I am very disgusted with how Envato has decided to trick its authors. I no longer have trust in Envato and refuse to let this happen again. Who knows what card they’ll pull next?
Heck, many authors here can hardly speak English; Envato used the term “commission” everywhere so instead of going through the trouble of attempting to read the TOS, these authors just assumed it was a commission. Nasty.I am sure others feel this way.
At this point I don’t know if it’s worth to discuss about this, since we can’t get any real answer by Envato, and I don’t know whether what I’m saying is important neither or helpful for other authors, but I want to say it, since, as far as I know, this helped other Italian authors in the past.
When I started selling here, my accountant sent an official mail, legally valid and registered, to ask the fiscal gov. agency here in Italy if Envato was the seller or if I was the direct seller of my themes.
My accountant suggested that Envato was my only client and it made direct ecommerce with the purchasers, since I didn’t know the purchasers, I couldn’t collect their data, I couldn’t decide the price of my products etc.
The fiscal agency accepted his interpretation and this is my position since then, certified by an official document, legally registered. If the things will change I’ll chat with my accountant when Envato will have the courtesy of clarifying their position, but I think this mail can be considered like a valid document that explains what Envato has been until now, at least for the Italian tax authorities.
Just to let you know my experience: I bought on March 2013 a brand new iMac, 27in. I already had to replace its monitor 5 times because of dead pixels or persistent image… 5 times, and it isn’t a 5k monitor. Consider that too
Best of luck Dan from the “land of Ducati”
+1 I was talking about that just a couple of days ago, great to see someone else with the same idea!!