Eurozone consumers will be hit by new tax rules in 2015

EU map with starsThe following announcement does not affect Stitching Cards customers in the UK and outside the European Union (EU).

Consumers in France, Germany, Holland, Ireland and other Eurozone countries may not be able to purchase patterns as digital downloads from small British based websites such as Stitching Cards when new EU tax regulations come in to force on 1 January 2015.

The new EU regulations require all businesses to charge VAT at the correct rate for each of the 29 countries in the EU. Businesses are also required to prove beyond reasonable doubt the country where the customer resides. There will be no lower threshold for EU cross border sales of digital downloads so even the smallest traders will be required to charge VAT.

In our opinion the new regulations will be very time consuming and costly to implement. It is likely that many small businesses will stop trading with the rest of the EU, particularly those with a small number of cross-border sales. Those that do continue are likely to increase prices to add VAT.

UPDATE have decided to outsource the payment and delivery of Eurozone sales to FastSpring. They will handle tax collection, compliance and payment. A new shop section will be devoted to Eurozone sales.

Post updated 22 December 2014.

Christmas and Australian animals stitching patterns added at Form-A-Lines

Six patterns have been added to the Form-A-Lines stitching card collection.

Christmas set number 23 stitching patterns

Christmas Set No. 23 – this set has three patterns: Merry Christmas Tree, Seasons Greetings Star and New Year Clock.

Australian animals stitching patterns

Australian Animals – this set has three patterns: Koala, Kangaroo and Emu.

The pattern size is 152 mm x 104 mm (6 x 4½ inches).

The patterns are available from the Form-A-Lines download store:

Christmas Set No. 23:

Australian Animals:

If you prefer printed booklets these are available from Form-A-Lines stockists.