Ok, got a few questions, and I figured since the answers might be interesting for everyone here I ask in the forum instead of sending a mail to email@example.com:
1.) You tell us Envato Marketplaces are a platform and you are not the seller. Yet I have a legal document issued by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance that basically says you are the seller, based on the way you operate [...]
2.) If I would accept that you are not the seller I would also accept that I now owe Austria a 6 figure amount of VAT. Since I could not prove which of my previous customers are EU based and which are not I would need to pay VAT for each of them. So 20% of my lifetime earnings would now be due in taxes. Not gonna happen if I can prevent it…You already said once that you will try to solve historic tax problem but at this point and with your current announcement I think its time that you lay out that solution, otherwise there are thousands of authors who would need to pay millions in taxes retroactively…
3.) In your announcement under “Why Envato Market will stay a Platform” you tell us that you don’t consider switching to another business model because you want to “empower and celebrate authors”. [...]
1) Same in UK.
2) Same for authors based/registered in UK.
3) Hypocrisy, I assume
I hope Envato will at last realize the long-term consequences of what they are going to do to Marketplaces – optimizing taxation in short perspective is not worth it.
In addition I think we should be grateful Envato takes care of this EU-VAT stuff. Because otherwise we would have to deal with MOSS in every single invoice. So I don’t know if it’s clever to prejudge Envato, because finally they’re taking a lot of work off our hands.
Will you be grateful to Envato when your tax official will ask you about all the incorrect tax reports (and therefore tax evasion) that you did before Feb 1, 2015?
Don’t panic – bridge appears in its place
Patience with Envato be locked in 3.. 2.. 1.. seconds.
Until Envato addresses the countless concerns raised in the last 12 months (really way longer) about pricing, taxes, updates, and support they shouldn’t expect us to give them quarter. Some of us have paid in tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars for Envato to make selling easy and hassle-free. That’s not happening.I won’t be providing any tax numbers until Envato does a 180 degree twist on transparency, communication, and respect to the people who they earn on the backs of.
Unfortunately, new Envato policy on dealing issues is extremely clear, transparent and effective: to lock down forum threads. Easy!
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As mentioned this, yet another silently locked thread: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/invoices-vat-and-co/158529 Envato is going to issue invoices on our, authors, behalf. Despite we never see get those money directly, do not set the price and do not sell directly.
This sounds illegal to me. Who’s going to have a legal consultation regarding this issue? (I’m especially interested to hear from fellow authors in UK.) Please feel free to shoot me a PM, since locking and removing forum threads is apparently the only way Envato handles issues nowadays.
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