Artists' Rights

Tax and VAT

I have a specific problem with Tax and VAT can you give me any advice?

Answer

The Scottish Artists Union consulted with a VAT specialist, through the Cultural Enterprise Office. As part of its research, CEO offer free Tax and VAT advice sessions available by appointment. More info can be found here.

Contracts

I know I should be using contracts but how do I go about it?

Answer

We have devised a check list to assist you, you can find this in our Resources page in the members area.

We are in the process of developing more specialist contract advice and guidance in consultation with our membership and legal experts.

Rates of Pay

How can I work out what rate of pay I should be asking for?

Answer

If you are seeking guidance on suitable rates of pay for artists entering into short-term, sessional work then we have prepared some advice that may be of use. It can be downloaded here.

Pricing

Can you give advice about pricing work?

Answer

Due to the diverse nature of our membership and how they work, we have not carried out specific research on this subject. The Cultural Enterprise Office have some general advice here.

Returned Goods Relief

I don't want to pay VAT/Duty on goods returned to me from outside the UK, what do I do?

Answer

Recently one of our members had an online chat with HMRC about Returned Goods Relief. They have kindly shared that chat with us. 

The sender can still declare the full value of the work for insurance purposes, but as long as they write "RETURNED GOODS" on the parcel (close to the delivery address) it should pass through fine. If there are any questions, I should ensure I can provide some sort of evidence that the goods being returned are the same as the goods that were posted.

You can find out more at the HMRC site 

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