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#11 2020-06-08 11:58:43

phiw13
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From: Japan
Registered: 2004-02-27
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Re: UK-based domain registrars

gaekwad wrote #323618:

Also – ALSO – today I found out Gandi only charge VAT on orders of EU origin, […]

that is a bit surprising. You don’t need to pay sales tax on that sort of transactions in the UK ? (or is everybody betting on a no-deal-with-complete-chaos Brexit and don’t botter with handling the UK ?)

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#12 2020-06-08 12:31:17

gaekwad
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Re: UK-based domain registrars

phiw13 wrote #323624:

that is a bit surprising. You don’t need to pay sales tax on that sort of transactions in the UK ?

For tax purposes, the UK is still part of the EU, this year is a transitional period. When I buy a domain from Gandi, I buy it essentially tax-free because I provide a validated VAT number assigned to my business. I was under the impression that, as of Jan 1st, I would have to pay the full whack price with VAT and not be able to claim it back. Evidently this is not the case, and had I spent a bit of time checking first instead of getting grumpy over it, I would’ve saved myself hours of time.

From docs.gandi.net/en/billing/vat/index.html

Only Gandi accounts/organizations with an address in the European Union or Taiwan are charged the VAT. USA and the rest of the World are not charged the VAT.

So, right now, a €10 domain costs me €10 as the VAT that would have been charged is refunded at time of purchase by my VAT number. As of Jan 1st 2021, a €10 domain will still cost me €10, because the UK will have left the EU fully and VAT is no longer applied. The more you know, etc.

(or is everybody betting on a no-deal-with-complete-chaos Brexit and don’t botter with handling the UK ?)

It’s a fun ride living in the UK sometimes, I tell you. That’s all I’ll say on that. For now.

Also, it’s surprising how few nerd-friendly, UK-based domain registrars there are with a wide variety of TLDs beyond the usual runners and riders. I found some whacky-looking places out in Ukraine, but there’s definitely an opening for a UK-based domain registrar with:

  • a wickedly-optimised, automated set of processes to minimise human interaction
  • a biiiiig selection of TLDs over and above the usual suspects
  • a domain management API
  • priced accordingly

Seriously, someone get this in place and you can have my money. The registrar’s money is usually made in hosting, not domains, so I’m not expecting much to happen. Maybe one day when I get rich and have some time I’ll make the damned thing myself.

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