Applying to the VAT registry
OKFI has started organizing training events in 2019. Tickets are sold to participants. This is clearly business, and not part of the "common good" mission (yleishyödyllisyys) of the association.
Now, this is completely fine and allowed to do, as associations can and often have business-like activities as well. However, if our business exceed 10,000€ yearly, we will be required to pay VAT on all our business income for the entire year. If we come up with other training events or other activities (such as selling t-shirts), we will exceed this limit.
We have the option of voluntarily joining the VAT register. This would essentially mean that our business-like sales would have 24% VAT in their pricing, but on the other hand, any costs we have related to our business, we can deduct the VAT from them.
Again, if our sales exceed 10,000€ yearly, we have no option but to become VAT-compliant and pay any VAT after the fact. We have the option of now voluntarily starting to handle VAT to avoid a nasty surprise towards the end of the year.
Poll Created Sun 31 Mar 2019 7:52AM
What should we do about VAT? Closed Fri 5 Apr 2019 12:03PM
|Results||Option||% of points||Voters|
||Don't apply for VAT. Store 24% of all sales in reserve until end of 2019 in case we need to pay VAT.||33.3%||2|
||Apply for VAT. Benefit from VAT deductions of purchases. All future and past sales will have 24% VAT in them whether we reach 10,000€ or not.||33.3%||2|
||Don't apply for VAT. Stop any sales before 10,000€ is reached.||16.7%||1|
||Don't apply for VAT. Take the risk that we will have to pay 24% of our sales from our other savings.||16.7%||1|
4 of 43 people have participated (9%)
Tarmo Toikkanen Sun 31 Mar 2019 7:52AM
This makes us future-proof in case our sales volumes increase.
Mikael Seppälä Sun 31 Mar 2019 9:05AM
During the last years we have been organizing a large conference with a turnover of many hundreds of thousands. The tax authority has chosen to view this as common-good/non-profit activities. I think the harsh self-interpretation that our very small scale Training EVENTS (turnover of trainings events in 2018: 0e) related to the Open Knowledge Finland purpose is not necessary. Let's return to this issue in 2020 when we see how this year goes.
Pia Adibe Mon 1 Apr 2019 7:19PM
Storing the possible VAT 24% of sales is the most sustainable and risk-free solution. There is no sense of applying VAT and paying for pas sales - would be huge figures due to MyData ticket sales.