The European Union’s current VAT rules unjustly discriminate against small businesses that rely on the sale of electronically delivered products. Said rules require applying VAT to purchases based off of the current location of the customer. If said customer is in the EU, the appropriate local EU VAT must be collected.
Unfortunately, compliance is nowhere near trivial. Hence, sales to customers that appear to be in the EU are blocked. While embargoes on ‘friendly’ regions are silly, in this instance, no other practical solution exists.
Should complying with the VAT requirements become less burdensome, sale to persons located within the EU will be made possible. Until that time, if you are stuck in the European Union, please consider contacting your politicians and request they rectify the EU VAT mess.
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