On Tue, Nov 20, 2001 at 11:53:49AM +0100, Ionel Mugurel Ciobica wrote: > I just want to help people that have no easy way to get access to > linux. (In Romania, for instance, the internet connection with the > Western contries is at verry low speed and most of the people don't > have a couple of dollars to by the CD's.) > As I said, I don't want to make this at large scale. I prefer to > burn the CD's only when someone ask me for it. Well... You won't get much below a couple of dollars/euros... A Woody for i386 is 5 CD's. What does a blank CD-R cost? About 25 cents, doesn't it? Well... 1.25 EUR. If one doesn't have 2 EUR, is 1.25 EUR really different? (OK, it is 37.5% less... Bof...) Pressing them can get a lower price, but then you must kick into large scale. IANAL, but I think if it is really low scale, don't put up an organization and put it in your tax declaration: - Income from selling Debian GNU/Linux CD-ROMS: 20 EUR - Costs for blank CD-R's : 20 EUR Net income from CDROM business : 0 EUR Keep _all_ receipts of buying blank CD-R's to justify the costs, and keep a detailed journal: - 25/8/2002: Debian 3.0r1 (5 CD) to Joost Van Baal ... contact info... 1.25 EUR - 4/11/2002: Debian 3.0r2 free only (4 CD) to Lionel Mamane ... contact info... 1 EUR This will work if you really just ask for the exact costs of the blank CD-R's. If you want to somehow "pay" for the CD-burner and electricity, etc by it, you must enter complicated calculations "I use my the burner 95% for private, 5% for that 'business', so I can deduct 5% of the cost of the burner, divided by the expected number of sales, etc." And be prepared to argue why 5% and not 3%. And you might have to add VAT then. That much for "the law". I don't think the IRS will quibble for 5% or 3% if it is low scale... But don't put 100%! Don't forget: If you take one single cent benefit on a CD, you should pay VAT (on the _whole_ amount). If you really make it for no-benefit, no VAT. Again, IANAL and IANATC (I Am Not A Tax Counselor).