I am in the UK and am in the process of setting up a SaaS product which people will be able to purchase online by monthly subscription.
I have been researching the VAT rules for supply of electronic goods to countries other than the UK and unless I'm reading them incorrectly, the rules seem absurdly complicated!
For example, it seems that the rules are different depending upon whether my customer will be using it for business or personal use (how will I know!?) and what country they're in. If they're in an EU member state then I need to charge VAT at their rate, not the UK rate, etc, etc, etc.
To be honest, I could do without these complications! Are there any legal ways of simplifying this? Would offshoring help? Would it be enough to host the service from a server in the US (or something)!?
I have no problem with the concept of paying tax (to an extent), but I also want to keep my application as simple to run and use (with a simple pricing structure and sign-up process for my clients) as possible.