If you remember I posted back in December about the VAT “to do” that was impending.
(Quick recap, the EU was going to make me file & keep track of a lot of tax info for every country that had a citizen buy a digital download from me. I opted to not sell any digital pattern to an EU citizen.
Well we can have a party now because Etsy has figured out how to keep track of this for small businesses like me so guess what folks??
Yes! I now have patterns available for sale on Etsy!
These are digital downloads with immediate access- just like with my Craftsy patterns, only through Etsy I’m able to sell to EU citizens.
Thank you so much for being patient with me through this- I’m so glad Etsy worked out a solution that enables us pattern writers to get back to business!
So I’m assuming you’ve heard the news about the new VAT rules that go into effect on Jan 1.
Oh, you haven’t heard? Well let me do a quick recap.
The EU says all EU citizens must pay VAT on all digital downloads. This includes quilt patterns that little ole designers like me sell through Craftsy & Etsy.
We must collect this VAT & file it quarterly with each individual country at their rate & keep those documents for 10 years.
If we don’t do that we can risk not being able to visit those countries in the future.
Plainly speaking, this sucks.
I tried to ignore it, but you know, there’s the reality that I really would like to visit London & the Black Forest & Rome & Vienna one day & I like to consider myself a law abiding person.
I *think* I may have attempted to sit down & research this to see even how to do this, but honestly folks I have an 8 month old & this is truly a small business. It honestly doesn’t make business sense for me to file/keep records/take the risk when such a small portion of my business sells to the EU.
So this is what’s going to happen. As of now I’m only selling my digital patterns to US folks through Craftsy. If you are a non-EU citizen & you’d like to purchase my patterns, contact me & I can charge your credit card & send you the electronic file. If you’re an EU citizen & you really want my patterns, contact me & so far (as of 12/31/14) I can charge your credit card & mail you a hard copy.
I hope this will work for all my non-US customers & hope that Paypal/Craftsy/EU Governments quickly come to an agreement that enables small indie sellers like myself to easily & legally sell digital downloads to EU citizens.
In the meantime, may you never run out of bobbin thread!