Links, information and posts by others to help with implementing the changes.
VAT Rate information
- European Commission VAT Rates in the EU document
- 2015 VAT Rates information from VATlive
- Open-source database with current and historical rates, and territories of their application.
There are a number of products and services appearing that you can sell through (removing your personal liability for VAT) or that can help registered businesses with the compliance aspects. I am collating that information here.
Blog posts and other information
As we all figure out what to do, it would be great if people could write up their implementation experience - either on their own blog or add a page here and link it up. While we can't assume that one business is identical to another, a lot of us are going to be using the same providers and selling the same sorts of products. Can we save each other some legwork by sharing what we have learned?
- Implementing the new EU VAT Rules - my thoughts on what we will do over at Perch.
- Further thoughts on how collecting proof of location will destroy the customer checkout experience
- New EU VAT Law an Important Notice - excellent post detailing how various craft related stores are dealing with the problem for people who sell patterns etc.
- Solutions for Digital Businesses - another post about the impact of the rules for craft businesses and possible solutions
- How SendOwl intend to help people comply with the proof of location requirements
- Amazon have announced how the changes will affect Royalty Payments - essentially a price will be displayed including VAT, then the relevant amount of VAT deducated, then the royalty calculated. You'll get less for a book sold somewhere with a high VAT rate.
- Interview with Indiesew about how they have dealt with the VAT changes
- Useful implementation information from Will Bond who has registered as a non-Union business
- An artice about options for Game Devs
Some people have queried whether it is contrary to anti-discrimination laws to refuse to sell to other EU countries. Sections 33,34,35 of this document suggest that it could be, but not if you could show that costs of registering for VAT/MOSS would put 'excessive strain' on your business.