Selling Digital Downloads/MOSS Reguations

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    Michael Brimer
    Participant

    Hi Jamie

    Just wondering what your views are on the regulations regarding the distribution and selling of digital downloads (since January 1st this year). If my understanding is correct if you sell any digital products you are liable for VAT in the country where the product has been purchased. In order to avoid having to calculate all of the different European rates the Government has set up MOSS (mini one stop shop) which i believe eliminates the need to register in each individual European country.
    My original intention was to sell ebooks via Paypal but because of the potential admin costs involved I might look to sell via Amazon (as selling via a third party would not incur the costs mentioned above).
    Can I ask what your thoughts are on this (as a digital seller) and can you let me know what impact these new regulations have had on your own business?

    Thanks

    Mick

    #19283
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Mick,

    How long have you got :)

    We are still working this through at Pootle. We use Paypal who aren’t very helpful with VAT MOSS at this stage.

    However if you are using WooCommerce it’s worth taking a look at this http://www.woothemes.com/products/woocommerce-taxamo/. This is the way we are likely to implement it here.

    Jamie

    #19284
    Michael Brimer
    Participant

    Thanks for your response Jamie. Think a few people are at a loss as to how this is going to be implemented.
    Really thought there would be more clear explanations available to help micro businesses.
    It’s also a pain for EVERY business selling digital downloads to have to charge VAT regardless of their turnover.

    Mick

    #19285
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Yep it’s an issue that most of the bureaucrats have never had to run their own businesses – as most of the UK political leaders demonstrate daily :(

    #19315
    John W. Tuggle
    Participant

    I’m using this plugin. You’ll also need to register for the Moss system and this month I’ll pay my first tax return. It is pretty complicated.

    WooCommerce EU VAT Compliance Assistant

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