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« on: March 07, 2014, 18:08 »
I just logged into BigStock and saw for the first time a banner across the top of the page that said 'Please input your VAT number - if you don't we will have to start deducting VAT from your income' (or words to that affect).

This is a nonsense - I am not required to collect VAT unless my income is over 1000 a week (rough guide) and mine (in total) is nowhere near that.  Not even remotely close.  So I don't have a VAT number to give them. 

Anyone else seeing this message?

« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2014, 18:59 »
Yes I am too!  And dont understand why it appears as a large banner right above the website.  Is this a serious request or a gimmick of some sort?  If its a serious request why haven't they sent out an email or a more descriptive communication to contributors?  ???

« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2014, 20:49 »
I don't have one either... I don't need it or get it at my income level.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2014, 20:52 by Dark_Angel »

« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2014, 22:20 »
it seems to me as if they are trying to treat you as if you were the vendor - as if BS were simply a marketplace.

On the plus side - if this redefines BS as a marketplace then the point of sale is presumably where the artist lives ... in which case witholding tax should no longer be an issue for anyone.

Long story short - IMO they are currently the vendor and they
 pay you a royalty from what they earn when they make a sale. In which case any VAT liability is with them. Deducting it from your royalty would be outrageous.

« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 05:29 »
In my inbox this morning from their Help Centre:

"A VAT number is only required for customers on our site, as you are a contributor you only need to fill out the Tax Profile and Tax Form on our Tax Center."

So, if you have already completed all the gubbins with your W8-BEN when you joined as a contributor, which will be confirmed in green on your Tax Centre page, no further action is required. Kushti.


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