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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Selling Patterns to EU Countries

I don’t know how many of you have heard that there will be changes to how VAT is collected on digital products starting January 1st for EU countries.
VAT will now be charged based on where the customer is located not the seller. Meaning you will have to pay VAT on top of the cost of the pattern. The amount you will pay varies as each country has its own tax. While I don’t like these new rules, I have to follow them.
In order to keep selling my patterns to everyone, I have chosen to use Ravelry’s solution of selling to these countries using They collect and file the tax so I don’t have to. Can you imagine having to file taxes to 28 countries?
Please take a moment to read this for complete information: 
The good news is that patterns will still be added to your ravelry accounts and you can pay using your PayPal account as usual.
Patterns have been imported to Love Knitting and are waiting to be approved and published. They may be temporarily unavailable to people in these countries for a couple of days. is resolving the problem of filing the taxes myself for my Ravelry pattern shop but a similar option is not available for Craftsy so I have decided to close my Craftsy shop. All my patterns will be available through Ravelry and LoveKnitting only from now on. 
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  1. Thanks for the 411. Does this only relate to selling patterns on Ravelry or everywhere like Etsy?

    1. The new law applies to all digital products no matter the selling venue but since I don't sell patterns on Etsy I'm not sure how they are handling it. I know some designers plan to file the taxes themselves without raising the prices of patterns but its up to each individual designer how they choose to do their taxes.

  2. I've been reading about VAT & Etsy. It's confusing. Many are complaining about this new development and everything is still not clear. Do you sell to international buyers? If so, does VAT affect that?


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