Stop musicians paying VAT on their Agent’s commission
Musicians who don't earn enough to register for VAT have to pay VAT on the commission they pay to their Agent's. This needs to stop. Most Agent's are VAT registered so they have all the complicated paperwork set up anyway. We have to pay a 15% commission fee to our Agent on every fee we are paid and they charge us 17.5% of that 15% as well.
Why should we have to pay their VAT? Please put a stop to this. Let them charge us a commission for getting us the gig and for doing the paperwork etc but make them pay their own VAT.
Why does this idea matter?
It affects millions of jobbing musicians in the UK who are already struggling to earn a living after the smoking ban closed a lot of live venues and after the credit crunch affected bookings for private functions.