if i were an author I’d be very concerned that the new Jan 1st VAT laws are NOW in effect, and i don’t see specific answers here; it would be helpful if envato would immediately publish legally binding, correct, compliant TOS VAT updated new explanations for the authors, I’d recommend at least if it was my business.
Or is it already published somewhere now that the new January 1 regulations are in effect? Just curious.
Authors, any summary of exactly what info you’d like answers about? a bullet-item brief list?
thx Doru …
Envato staff: I’d like to know specifically what envato means on that blog post re:
“We’ll be introducing limited buyer information against each sale.”
thx themepunch for answering there as well
For UK users, read the last paragraph here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-supplying-digital-services-to-private-consumers/vat-businesses-supplying-digital-services-to-private-consumersDigital portals, platforms, gateways and marketplaces If you supply e-services to consumers through an internet portal, gateway or marketplace, you need to determine whether you are making the supply to the consumer or to the platform operator. If the platform operator identifies you as the seller but sets the general terms and conditions, or authorises payment, or handles delivery/download of the digital service, the platform is considered to be supplying the consumer. They are therefore responsible for accounting for the VAT payment that is charged to the consumer.
Thanks! Now that’s an official ruling from the UK. Glad you found that, it’s official. Would be useful in determining prior VAT liability as well. Nice to finally see a specific well explained ruling from the UK on official VAT “who’s the seller” liability. Very likely the ACCC would concur, worth looking into.
The folks at https://www.accc.gov.au/ may be able to help clarify things; if you (both envato and authors) explain the situation to them; they’re the FTC-equivalent for Australia, and may be able to make a ruling/provide official insight into who’s categorized as true end point seller, based on how things work. It’s probably good to get clarification from official tax/regulatory agencies, to help figure things out correctly.
I’m a top buyer, and buy exceptionally “the best” here, gfx, video, flash, AEPs, templates. If it doesn’t stand out and make me think “WOW”, then i skip it. Fortunately there’s a lot of ‘wow’-quality content here, so i buy a lot.
I’d check with both euro VAT tax authorities, ACCC and personal tax CPA/accountant to check. Best wishes for getting it all straight; sounds confusing.