Sole traders, digital products, and EU VAT reform

Important VATMOSS update
On 1 December 2016 the European Commission announced a package of proposed reforms to the VATMOSS scheme. Please read this post for the latest updates, as some of the proposed changes may affect the situation described in the post below.
2014-11-17_103619Over at Everyday Designer I’ve written about the imminent EU VAT reform which affects you if you sell e-books, themes, plugins, icons, tunes, digital downloads, or any intangible digital products online IN or TO the EU. If you are a sole trader or a microbusiness you have until 1 January 2015 to make some very difficult decisions.

Trigger warning: taxes, paperwork, bureaucracy, headaches, completely freaking out

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Heather Burns is a digital law specialist in Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, publishes, consults, and speaks extensively on internet laws and policies which affect the crafts of web design and development. She has been designing and developing web sites since 1997 and has been a professional web site designer since 2007. She holds a postgraduate certification in internet law and policy from the University of Strathclyde. Learn about hiring Heather to write, speak, or consult.