Re: SIx years, and they foud it is an issue only now?
As a self-employed IT guy I made enough to qualify for VAT registration, but then I could also afford an accountant. That's not at issue. We're not looking to be exempt, entirely, we're looking for the same threshold as any other business to apply to VAT/MOSS registration, preferably an EU-wide threshold which would actually serve a single digital market model.
We're also looking for the guidance on evidence to be collected to actually make sense (as in it being available to collect, for a start), and a legal statement from *some* tax authority that those evidences will be honoured when presented. Currently these things are missing.
Many/most micro-businesses we not around 6 years ago, so there would not have been the recognition of the necessity to comply with this new rule. There has been little-or-no communication from HMRC on the matter, even at times when they could guarantee reaching those who need to know, say around self-assessment time each year. Or when you attach a new service in the Gateway. Plenty of options. Nothing.
The basic concept is widely regarded as a good idea -- by myself included -- the implementation, however, is utter pants.
Regardless of your unfounded belief, it is a real issue, for real micro-businesses/sole-traders.