I wonder what happens if Linode, as an US based company, just says "fuck it", and refuses to collect EU taxes? I mean, how will EU enforce it's tax laws on US soil? I do understand import tolls on physical goods, which are easily enforceable by the receiving territory, but what do they think they can do if Linode just refuses to collect EU taxes? The only thing that comes to mind is that they somehow build an EU wide firewall and start blocking all Linode traffic or something.
Linode has data centres in Frankfurt and London.
So what are you saying? That if I just have my servers migrated to a US datacenter, I'm off the hook? I'm pretty sure Linode hasn't built their own physical datacenters in Frankfurt and London, but instead leases capacity from locally operating entities. And also I'm pretty sure Linode doesn't have EU based subsidiaries, so what would be the worst thing that could happen if Linode just gave the EU the bird?
Personally I would't mind having my server located in the US if that'd save me the 24% VAT.
Also, I apologize if this comes off offensive to someone. I really don't want to start a debate on the importance / unimportance of taxes or anything of that sort. I'm just pissed and need to vent (really, I am sorry).