envato doesnt charge vat. it charges gst (10%) on all deposits/purchases from the buyers (including the ones fron EU) and pays gst to the australian tax authorities. but we would really want an oficial response to this.
i think there’s an EU law that says that all non-EU companies that provide digital goods to EU customers should charge VAT depending on the country where the customer is located. Then envato would have to pay the vat to that country.
in reality, not many companies from outside the eu respect this legislation. some companies never even heard of it while others choose to ignore it (and i dont blame them). i mean the eu doesn’t really have the authority or jurisdiction to impose laws to companies from all over the world.
but again, a response from envato regarding this matter would really be apreciated.