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OneManBand says

Very interesting thread, really!

I’m interested in this issue regarding Spain. Anyone from Spain reading this? How you declare FlashDen income? Some clarification, even step-by-step here would be much appreciated :)

I have just started here, never sold online before, wondering how it’s everything handled, specially the bill part: do you download your statement as CSV and use it as a bill or what? I mean…what do you show to prove your income, VAT , or whatever?

It would be nice to have an article like Brandon’s wrote, but about several other countries. This is something every single author is interested in, for sure.

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damojo says

I can tell you how its done in germany because I consulted a tax accountant some time ago just for that matter.

You can apply for a “small business” (kleinunternehmer) and as long as the income of this business is less than 17500 € a year you only have to pay very little taxes, about 1500 €. This only works if you don’t write any invoices which would oblige you to pay sales tax.

I work a regular daytime job as a web designer and have this small business on the side just for flashden. I don’t freelance. I can make as much as ~ 24000 dollars a year and pay only a small fraction of it in taxes.

:) Hope this was informative to some of you!

Cheers, damojo

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Joost Moderator says
I’ll share my story lol. I’ve got the forms from the Chamber of Commerce right in front of me as we speak.

So here’s what the Dutch Revenue Service told me: “We have no friggin clue since the money is received from outside the EU and it’s through the internet and it’s unclear what the heck you’re doing, we’re gonna have to ask an ‘international tax expert’ to look at your case and ONLY then can we decide what the hell you are supposed to pay us.”

Anyhow, Dutch law states that money received from outside of the EU is VAT free.

So what you’re saying is that because I’m a Dutch citizen, I can freely transfer my FlashDen money to my bank account? Or do I have to use Paypal? How do you do it? :o

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ArikB says
I’ll share my story lol. I’ve got the forms from the Chamber of Commerce right in front of me as we speak.

So here’s what the Dutch Revenue Service told me: “We have no friggin clue since the money is received from outside the EU and it’s through the internet and it’s unclear what the heck you’re doing, we’re gonna have to ask an ‘international tax expert’ to look at your case and ONLY then can we decide what the hell you are supposed to pay us.”

Anyhow, Dutch law states that money received from outside of the EU is VAT free.
So what you’re saying is that because I’m a Dutch citizen, I can freely transfer my FlashDen money to my bank account? Or do I have to use Paypal? How do you do it? :o

Envato > Paypal > Account. Anything earned outside of the EU is VAT (BTW) free. YOU STILL HAVE TO PAY INCOME TAX .

HOWEVER , All of this depends on how you are registered. A freelancer is a ZZP -er (Zelfstandige Zonder Personeel) and basically you register an “Eenmanszaak”. It’s pretty complicated, the tax service told me that a foreign tax expert would have to take a look at it. SO DO NOT assume anything from me.

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Joost Moderator says
So what you’re saying is that because I’m a Dutch citizen, I can freely transfer my FlashDen money to my bank account? Or do I have to use Paypal? How do you do it? :o
HOWEVER , All of this depends on how you are registered.

I don’t think I’m registered as employed or anything.. I’m an unemployed student who lives with his parents and doesn’t live of any income but his monthly parental allowance.

Am I in trouble?

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ArikB says
So what you’re saying is that because I’m a Dutch citizen, I can freely transfer my FlashDen money to my bank account? Or do I have to use Paypal? How do you do it? :o
HOWEVER , All of this depends on how you are registered.

I don’t think I’m registered as employed or anything.. I’m an unemployed student who lives with his parents and doesn’t live of any income but his monthly parental allowance.

Am I in trouble?

Go to the belastingdienst and ask if you need to register, I don’t know what it’s like for high school students or people that are under 18. I am registering right now.

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Mastergreed says
Taxes? I would have to figure out how to prove my FlashDen income first, lol. No prove, no income, no taxes :P
If you make over 2500 euros on your paypal, they will request your ID, which in terms make everything transparent for the tax service. Done.

Thank god polish tax law is so old they don’t even know what PayPal is ;)

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MDNW says

Thanks for the comments everyone – I’m definitely more attuned to what other countries are paying in taxes after writing that article. While I think it’d be useful to see 100’s of countries cataloged as tax blog posts, it’s probably not practical – so it’s cool to get a glimpse of it here in the forums.

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jremick Envato team says

Whoever said this was a free country was just being silly. :-P

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ivank says

What taxes? :D

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