I think we are just overcomplicating things.
If you are an EU resident, whether buyer or author, you just don’t have to care if Envato is charging VAT or not, that is Envato’s responsibility.
If you are buyer, you pay the final price and that’s it.
If you are an author, as previously said, you are actually “invoicing” Envato for the earnings you make on Envato, and because Envato is in Australia, VAT does not apply (in any EU member country).
I had a similar situation when I worked thru oDesk and after clearing it with the Tax offices here, I was to invoice oDesk and not the end customer so I would (as I am not yet an author) do the same here on Envato and I wouldn’t charge VAT, as I have to do that only for services provided here in Slovenia.
Also if I am not mistaken you need to enter the email associated with the TF account you used to purchase the item.
ChapterThemes we have such unique feature as Royal Slider. We have bought a Royal Slider extended license for the theme. While the purchase of extended license is disabled by it’s author he was kind enought to sold it to us. Also we would like to inform we use IcoMoon Icon Fonts Ultimate Pack $59 value http://icomoon.io/#preview-ultimate But it did not help us in approval our theme unfortunately.
...that would be a sad day if TF started to accept theme just because they bundle “premium” plugins. That does and should not have to do anything with the submission process!
Bundling “premium” plugins is just a marketing stunt to give buyers more value for their bucks. But hey it seems to work for the top selling theme to!
And BTW what is wrong with Font Awesome which is totally free? Does one really need 11 different home icons?
What I think would make sense would be a revenue sharing function. This way Author could automatically share their revenue with partners. I guess with all the partnerships going on here this would make sense because right now all is based on trust. But control is better then trust I guess.
Maybe something in the line of sharing all revenue and maybe an additional per item revenue sharing system for example when a partner only want to share revenue made from WP themes.
I think this would be a very good treat for teams working on Envato marketplaces.
Envato is invoicing the buyers so I guess that makes Envato the seller, right?
When I was working with oDesk (which is the same base financial flow) I’ve spoken with the tax office and I was told to “invoice” oDesk (basically just in invoice for my archive) and that’s it.
So in this case you “invoice” Envato, and because Envato is in Australia, you don’t include VAT.
I think VAT policy is the same all over EU so I think the same rules apply as here in Slovenia.
Actually having an VAT ID and have to charge VAT is not entirely voluntary. In Slovenia the limit of having to “enroll” into the VAT system was raised from 25.000 € to 50.000 € of annual revenue. So if during a calendar year you exceed this limit you HAVE to start charging VAT.
But you have to charge VAT only when you invoice in your country, if you invoice to another country (even within the EU) you do not add VAT to the invoice.
So being in the VAT system is actually beneficial if you for example make most of your money from Envato, because you essentially get any VAT you pay for services or products in your own country back.
Fo example if in slovenia I buy stuff or pay services for 500,00 € + 20% VAT = 600,00 €, and would make all my income from Envato, I would get those 100,00 € of VAT back from the government.
Furthermore if you have a valid VAT ID, even if you buy stuff from an other EU member country, where you pay their VAT, with the proper documents, you can even get that VAT back. Usually web stores and such require you to send some sort of documents to prove that you have a valid VAT ID.
But you have to check the rates and limits in your own country. I don’t know how it is in other EU countries but here if I would exceed the limit before voluntary enroll for an VAT ID there would all sorts of complications with the TAX monsters.
I am actually looking for a designer partner. Here is my thread.
I haven’t done a WordPress theme but I have plenty of development experience (10+ year), mostly PHP.
I did code Joomla themes in the past, worked with Symfony framework, coded/themed Typo3 CMS sites, etc.
Let me know if you are interested.
The proper way is to SUPPORT them, you shouldn’t bundle them into your theme.
Basically just add the necessary CSS that will match the plugins/widget look and feel to that of your theme’s style.