We’re receiving advice on the treatment of VAT and related tax issues, and will be making sure that our treatment in the system works correctly for authors/buyers.
Seriously, I’m going to need a little more than this, as I said if you’re saying I now sell directly to buyers then I’m now not fulfilling my legal tax requirements, never mind that I may now be around £20k down over this year. Nevermind that when I joined it was under the terms of Envato paying me a commission.
It’s becoming very clear that the recent confusing change to author percentages and fees is purely a tax move from Envato to save some money and pass the rest to authors to deal with, so much for “community”.
The license for the item is directly from Author to Buyer.
Collis, if this is the case then you’ve just opened a can of worms for UK authors.
In the UK we pay VAT (20% of every £ earned) if we run a business that earns over £60k (I think that’s the threshold, feel free to correct me), the thing about VAT is that I have to be able to issue a VAT invoice to every single buyer, and that invoice needs to include their name and full address.
It’s odd you’re saying I sell directly to buyers when I have absolutely no communication over this and that you hold my money?
This needs clearing up, in this statement alone you may have just cost me 20% of my profit…
Seriously, when I started here I was on a 50% commission from sales, and now you’re saying no, I sell directly to buyers, please, this needs clearing up, as you may now have a lot of UK authors who are now having tax avoidance issues because of this one sentence.
EDIT: As far as my accountant is concerned, Envato sell my item and pay me a commission of it, if this is not the case then this should be made much more obvious. Perhaps you should switch to the model that all the other micro stock sites use as you mention, otherwise quite a few UK authors are about to lose a lot of money..
Vague requests always make me laugh, though I’m always understanding. The issue is that some buyers simply have never done anything like this before, and don’t realise that “Feature X doesn’t work” isn’t descriptive enough, or that we simply don’t read minds.
It’s the same in every industry though, I used to be a sign maker and we’d have clients ring up and say “The sign doesn’t look right!!”, well, what am I meant to do with that?
is wrong with you people, microsoft advertising to make a microsoft employee ? else, go to the door.
Nothing like attacking people who are trying to help your request on a forum is there? What a great way to get help, I don’t know why Charlie is even trying to help you when you have an attitude like this.
This announcement, coupled with the recent shift in author percentage calculations is looking a little dodgy if I’m honest Collis, whilst I appreciate that I have no concept of the accounting involved for a company as big as Envato, I just hope that all this is totally transparent, I’m sure it is
I will not be jailed for tax evasion merely because I’m illiterate in that area and nobody ever taught me how to handle it.
Hire an accountant, that’s all that needs to be said.
Not to worry. We will still have received your application . I’ll make sure we update that message tomorrow to avoid confusion.
A few questions mate:
1. How long can we expect to wait for our applications for this to be processed?
2. The 12 hour reply time limit, I’m guessing if this elapses our “first dibs” are automatically forefieghted and this is moved into the global pool of service providers?
Yes! Thanks for doing this, a fantastic step in the right direction
Does this only show on the contact form, or does this also show on item comments? I feel this needs to be available on item comments also, though maybe it is