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Selling Digital Art in UK/Europe? A Warning

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 19, 2014, 7:10 AM
A new EU law is coming into place on January 1st, which will affect anyone selling digital art and/or commissions in the UK and maybe Europe. I just came across this article that talks about the new law in an indie-developer context, but if I'm understanding it right, it also affects anyone selling digital services (ie. paypal art commissions and the like):

www.kotaku.co.uk/2014/12/17/ne…

To quote their tl;dr-
"To summarise: before, small developers selling their own games online in the UK had to pay no sales tax and did not have to VAT-register with HMRC, the UK’s tax authority. After January 1st, not only will they have to pay VAT on sales made in Europe, they will also have to VAT-register, file quarterly reports and keep detailed records on all their sales for a period of 10 years. For someone making a little money on the side from selling games (or digital comics, or e-books), it’s just not worth the cost and hassle. Many independent creators have already said they are being forced to choose between breaking the law and stopping selling digital things on the Internet in the New Year. It’s not worth the cost of compliance."

Now, it might not be as bad as it sounds, there's a potential for some misinterpreted sensationalism. But I wouldn't put it passed the EU to do something completely counter-productive like this. Maybe if anyone's a bit more versed in law that they can chime in and clarify a few things?

If it does sound like it is, then it looks like I won't be doing commissions in the near future. If I do, it's gonna have to be to Americans and non-Europeans only. And it'll suck having to leave half you guys out. :(

  • Mood: Alarmed

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BoloxumRage Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
loooooove your work i'm just hopelessly broke. could you make Eona from the dragon eye book series? it'd be cool just to see your take on the books.
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WhitewolfSnowy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely adore your art.
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Duracraft27 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Photographer
What are your commission prices?
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IceDragonhawk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
At the moment, I'm not doing commissions. I'm not sure about when, or even if, I'll eventually open them. (I honestly haven't a clue how to price them, I haven't had much success previously)
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Duracraft27 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Photographer
Really? I'd recon around 20 or 10 dollars. Maybe less to open up business and gradually raise them maybe?
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SkyeGamingDeviantart Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
Oh my glob, you`re art is so awesomeDanisnotonfire: FEELS 
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theory6-brian Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great gallery! Keep it up! +watch :)
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FufflyDragon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there! :3
I know you don't know me and I don't know you, but, I just wanted to say this: your art is lovely c: Keep it up!
Now have a wonderful day Star!
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