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Prothemeus
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Because I had wondered about the VAT issue myself, I had contacted my accountant who in turn contacted a tax specialist. Long story short, the tax specialist has read the terms and conditions of TF and says that I need to pay the Value Added Taxes and that I need to send every buyer an invoice ánd need their personal information.

This is strange because there’s no way to track who purchased a theme and due to Envato’s privacy policy, I don’t have any access to personal information.

Is the tax-specialist over-complicating things or is he right? I’m hoping that I can get an in-depth (un)official response from anyone (but in particular Dutch authors) to clear this matter once and for all.

Thanks!

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kriskorn
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I think you pretty much can’t get an answer. I once opened a support ticket and all I got from back-to-forth messages, that it is my duty to figure out how the tax policy works in my country. And as your tax specialist stated, that you need to track down the buyers etc. In my opinion you’re pretty much (a bad word here). :/

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Go-Themes
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corrected*

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Prothemeus
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Everybody has to pay income tax, this question in particular is just about the VAT.

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revaxarts
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My accountant had the same doubt but since Envato pays me and they sell the products (in a legal manner) You don’t need any info from buyers.

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dnp_theme
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All money operations are done by the Envato, your clients get invoice from Envato, your money come from Envato, refunds are operated by Envato. That’s pretty much all I know.

With other words, you externalize accounting, financial and many others to Envato for your online business.

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mikedidthis
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From what I understand, you don’t need to worry about VAT unless you pass a certain amount. You do need to declare your monies from TF to pay tax though :(

In England, this is the example we are given: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/guidance/selling/examples.htm#c

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Prothemeus
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Thanks for the responses guys, let’s keep the comments rolling as this might help anyone now or in the future.

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hexahedron
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Note: I’m not Dutch.

Almost all countries exempt VAT collection for exported goods/services.
Since you’re exporting services outside the EU (Envato is based in Australia), you’re not supposed to collect VAT. Keep the invoice as evidence.

Also, see this.

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Dream-Theme
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Off topic: Same old story. It seems income from Envato marketplaces confuses accountants all over the world :)

On topic: try to find a friend who sells stuff on AppStore or Google play. I’m 99% sure that he can give you relevant reply and advice you a competent accountant.

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