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I've closed down the Patreon page. I refunded all the pledges previous to doing so, except for one that wouldn't refund (I'm getting Patreon to help me untangle that so it can also be refunded, so if you have one pledge not refunded, have no fear).

Patreon is a really cool service, and a great idea, but, as usual, it is best leveraged by American users. I'm not familiar with a lot of things when it comes to trying to monetize a comic, and Patreon ended up being on the wrong end of my ignorance. I didn't know until I went to transfer the successful pledges this month that in order to do so I have to have a tax number for doing business in the States. I -think- I can technically use my Canadian SIN, but frankly I'm not comfortable doing that (its basically the most important piece of Canadian ID you can have...). Applying for a tax number would take 6-8 weeks, then any money I transfer back to Canada would be subject to extra taxes, plus I'd basically have to be filing as a small business on my income tax from what I can see. It's essentially not a knot I'm interested in unraveling.

So I've refunded the pledges and pulled down my creator account. Thank you all very much for your interest in supporting the Patreon while it was there :)

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Niggle

Eep, sorry that was so complicated and blah! ~hugs~ I'll try to remember to make regular donations with your "Donate" button.

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YersiniaP

@maplebee:
Blah, that really sucks!
Btw, that one unrefundable pledge might be mine? I got one refunded, but if the others got back two?
Could it be because I cancelled funding a couple of days ago?
I figured I'd save up and then pledge double for the next month so I could see the artwork you posted.

Sorry this is so complicated and does not work properly for non-US citizens!

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maplebee

@YersiniaP: the unrefunded pledge won't currently refund because, while the Patreon technically made $40 a month, there was almost $5 in fees, so the account only had $35 in it for refunds.

I'm currently finding out from Patreon if I can cover the difference so that you won't be left out the money for my mistake with the service!

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YersiniaP

@maplebee:
Ah, that makes sense then.
But seriously, I don't really want you to cover that yourself! I pledged the money for the comic, so, for you. I don't want you to cover a refund for me, just because Patreon sucks if you're not from the US!

If Patreon does not cover it, then forget it. I'm fine with the one refund that I got.

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