During all the campaign and after it finished, the VAT issue has raised a lot of doubts and we have also received some severe critiques from you, who have bet on our project and have supported us in Kickstarter. He have tried to make ourselves understood, we have had long conversations with our accountant and with our lawyer and yet, so far, there is no one who has been able to see that the approach given was a mistake.
First of all, we want to apologize for the confusion. We deeply regret the confusions that we have caused with VAT and we want to make clear that we never had the intention to do something illegal. The fiscal and legal counsel was not rigorous enough, and Natural Robotics has made the mistake of not looking deeply into the matter.
Our intention has always being addressed to issue an invoice with a total of €5,999 for everyone. It is understood, then, that VAT is 0% for EU companies and 21% for final consumers and Spanish companies/consumers. Thus, Spanish companies which can deduct the VAT a posteriori would end up paying €4739.21 and the rest of consumers (foreign companies and also national and international consumers) €5,999. Our company needs to produce the machines for a value of €5,999, as perceiving an amount under this quantity would imply producing under cost. We could allow that a tiny part of the production would be produced in these terms, but not all of it. At no time has been intended to collect money which was not ours, but rather the opposite.
However, we believe that it is time to assume our responsibility and declare that what we have
been defending up to now is not fair at all. We apologize, once again, and we detail what we
will do about it:
The price of the machine will be of €6000 WITHOUT VAT. In European terms, the total amount of the invoice will be of this €6000 in concept of the machine since as the Ley del IVA 37/1992, article 25 states: “Las operaciones intracomunitarias de entrega de bienes están exentas de la aplicación del impuesto”.
This implies that everyone will pay the same as they have paid since now. There will not be any direct modification on Kickstarter contributions. Nevertheless, we understand that Spanish companies are directly injured with this decision, as from the beginning they have been told that VAT was included, which it allowed them to deduct it afterwards. For this reason, we will perfectly understand that our Spanish backers refuse to go on with the purchase of the VIT.
Once again, our sincere apologies for this misunderstanding and the inconveniences it has caused. We hope that your doubts and concerns have been resolved.
Hector EstellerNatural Robotics