Is Envato going to start reporting our annual earnings to the IRS starting next tax season (2016) or this tax season? Is this still being worked out, or is this definitely going to happen?
This is an extremely important issue since I (and nearly every author on this site) have been reporting only what we have received as our income (correctly so), and not the additional “author fee”. We all need to know when this change will take place in order to correctly report our income.
Crickets as usual…
Maybe all this community Envato is talking about is referring to the authors coming together as a community. But it would be nice if Envato could take part every now and then and actually answer questions…
In Envato’s own words:At the end of 2014, the total we’ve paid out to Envato’s global community of over 4 million members is $224,000,000.How can you pay something out if you didn’t sell it?
Good catch. They haven’t even adjusted their own minds away from the commission-based structure. Where in their proposed current business structure does Envato pay out anything?
You will not get any helpful answers here because the word “seller” you have chosen is a bad word and the stars are not kind to the people who use such words. Maybe if you change it to “sellerz” that would change the attitude of the universe to you and your life wouldn’t be ruined.
==> Sorry mate, couldn’t resist! After reading that comment on your “Top news” theme was waiting for you to open a thread
Dude….what was THAT about?
I get what you’re saying, but as long as Envato is claiming one thing and the authors are claiming another, that still leaves the door open for a dispute. Envato could easily close any possible doors from opening in the first place by acknowledging that they are the seller, as we understood they were since its inception.
It’s just creating unnecessary static and jumping through hoops. Authors shouldn’t have to go out of their way to prove they’re not the sellers.
I know Envato is probably secretly hoping this issue fades out of view, but I think a lot of us would still appreciate a statement as to why Envato continues to take the stance that they are not the seller, but that the author is the seller. This issue has a fairly large impact on everyone’s taxes.
Does Collis (or anyone else) plan to actually address this question in the near future, or are there no plans to address this at all and just hope authors forget about it?
Specifically, I’d like to know why Envato is opting to take that road, especially when literally everyone on this marketplace understood the model to be a commission-based one where Envato was the seller and paid authors a commission. Why the shift? And to play the game of “it’s always been that way” is still a slap in the face to authors when we all know it wasn’t that way in the past.
I think we’re owed an explanation as to why we are being told we’re the sellers now, especially when that means a fairly drastic change in how we prepare our taxes and the fact that we are potentially exposing ourselves to increased federal scrutiny as a result.
I saw a lot about “community” in the 2014 review presentation, and this is a major issue with a good number of folks in the community. We’d appreciate some transparency and actual community involvement in this matter.
If that’s a legit email from EU’s VAT office, I’m confused as to how Envato can and does still claim that authors are the sellers.
We desperately need answers, or at the very least, a simple update as to where Envato currently is in the process. Why are we still being treated like children not worthy of a response rather than an important cog in this machine? I don’t think frequent updates (even if the update is that nothing has changed) is too much to ask right now.
51 pages of unnecessary worry, stress, and guessing, all because Envato refuses to “take care of the rest” and acknowledge they’re the sellers, which would would make all of this discussion moot.
Envato really does need to change that tagline, ASAP.
Very interesting that Envato continues to go with the solution that will anger both the authors AND now the buyers, since “limited” buyer information will be shared with the authors.
Abandon the old model that everyone loved for a new one that no one is happy with, I guess.