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Thread #166577 Message #4006695
Posted By: GUEST,Observer
31-Aug-19 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: Brexit and music
Subject: RE: Brexit and music
VAT plus tariffs charged on goods coming into the EU from outside are what pays for the EU - so yes you can blame this indirect tax on the EU - it needs it to survive. As previously stated AFTER the UK leaves it can:
1. Keep it as is and nobody feels any different but the Government take in more revenue.
2. Reduce it just to cover present subsidy levels and to lower some prices.
3. Abolish it and lower the price of almost everything.
As the UK is currently still a member of the EU then no-one in the EU has the right to charge any UK band, musician or performer any additional VAT for bringing in CDs or merchandise to another EU country [Switzerland I know you do but then Switzerland is NOT an EU Country].
Again as previously stated as someone who has produced CDs you pay VAT plus royalties where applicable on every CD you make when you buy your first and subsequent production runs - you then charge a sum for each individual CD and you do not add VAT on top of that sum.
To address something in the post above - incoming Governments sometimes have to raise taxes due to the lamentable financial state they often find themselves inheriting - I cannot think of a single democratically elected government that raises taxes just for the hell of it.