Anyone from the EU? Problem with VAT…

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    Julia Stueber
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    Hi!

    As I am located in Germany I have a major problem with putting up a sale button. Since 2015 selling digital products has bevome tremendously difficult, as I would have to calculate the individual VAT for every country on earth. There are shop plugins that do this but it is really complicated to set up – I did that for an ebook I sold within the EU.

    One workaround would be to sell the low-level products i.e. via Amazon/Createspace. I already sell coloring books and know how this works. I also sell an Udemy course, so Udemy does that legal stuff. One on one coaching is no problem either, as this is not a digital product. That means the membership will be a problem. Are there any others from the EU here? How are you handling it? Is anyone using JVZoo from inside the EU?

    Thanks!
    Julia

    #1996
    Sean Mize
    Keymaster

    Great question, would love someone in the EU who has tackled this tax issue to weigh in 🙂

    Sean

    #2000
    Trevor Dumbleton
    Participant

    JVZoo, Gumroad, Clickbank, Udemy, Amazon/CreateSpace & doubtless quite a few others handle this on your behalf. Some do it better than others – it’s easy enough to fool Clickbank by claiming to be in the USA and putting in a valid zip code to prove it. Gumroad is more likely to enforce things properly.

    Warrior+ don’t (as far as I remember)

    I rarely get EU customers from outside the UK so at the moment am pretending it’s not something I should worry about, even though I should. But then so should all the other vendors who use Warrior+ (etc.) as strictly speaking the rules apply to anyone selling into the EC.

    I will probably be looking at Gumroad for my subscription site so that I’m more covered.

    #2041
    Julia Stueber
    Participant

    Hi Trevor,

    I checked out Gumroad and this might end up as my choice – they do offer memberships and subscribtion models as well as doing the EU VAT correctly. Thanks for the advice!

    Julia

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