Happy New Year!
I've been enjoying a nice holiday
from work for the last week and a bit, so I've a little catching up to
do before I can start posting again.
I'm trying to get
my head around the VAT situation regarding e-books and you'll notice
that currently you can't get to the e-books page at Bear Alley Books,
nor will you find said books on Kindle.
Changes in the
VAT laws across Europe about where VAT is charged for digital goods—no
longer the country of the supplier but that of the customer who may live
in one of 25 different countries charging 75 different tarrifs—and the
lack of any lower threshold—£81,000 for physical goods but zero for
digital here in the UK.
Administering all this would be
a pain in the arse given the tiny amounts of income my e-books
generate. Once registered, you have to account for all VAT, not
just the VAT on digital products. So I'd have to figure out my VAT on
everything else I do or purchase in my pursuit of being a freelance
writer. Frankly, I'd have to employ an accountant and that would cut
deeply into my meagre income.
The alternative would be
to simply stop selling to other countries in the EU. This might be an
option as 95% of my sales are to the UK or USA.
the e-books will return once I've confirmed a couple of things
definitively regarding whether I need to register for VAT or not.
Hopefully that will be very soon.
This isn't the way I'd planned to start the new year! We'll be back to normal soon.
UPDATE: The Kindle books are back! For the foreseeable future, my Kindle titles are going to be just that, available only on the Kindle.