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Policy change to adapt to tax rules

The European Union are bringing in new tax laws as of the 1st January 2015 relating to the sale of digital goods.

I don’t fully understand them and it seems very complicated but the basics that I understand is that I will need to calculate tax for the region where the person who purchased the game lives.

My understanding is that this will NOT affect sales of games through platforms, i.e.:

  • Xbox Live Indie Games (X-Orbtek II, Avatar Runner & Mashapocolypse)
  • Desura (Invertical)
  • Amazon (Invertical)
  • IndieCity (number of titles I think)
  • iPhone & iPad (no paid for yet)
  • Windows Phone 8 (no paid for yet)
  • Play store once they switch their system (no paid for yet)
  • Published games (none out yet)

This will mean, if I am not mistaken, that I have lots of extra paperwork and need to obtain personal info on people purchasing games via my website. So you know what… screw it I am not selling via my website any more.

What confuses me right now is market places where I immediately get a payment using paypal when someone buys a copy:

  • itch.io (Invertical)
  • Google Play store for now (free anyway)

I think I need to do the whole tax thing for these sites so I’m now going to unpublish the games.

Bit of a pain in the arse but seems the only way, aside from spending way more on an accountant than I earn through sales!

Happy new year all… aside from the EU tax makers. I hope you have a rotten new year.