I’ve had a substantial increase in visitors the last couple of days – the vast majority of them seemed to be searching on PI taxes. That was odd, so I went off to visit my normal EVE blogs, and soon found the busy Ripard Teg had the explanation:
CCP confirmed it:
So – the taxes had more of an impact than expected. How bad could it be? So I checked the impact out against 1 of my 2 PI alts. Before Crucible, the weekly cycle was roughly:
Planet 1 – Export P2 – 4K
Planet 2 – Export P2 – 6K
Planet 3 – Import P2 – 3K, Export P3 – 2K
Planet 4 – Import P2 – 3K, Export P3 – 2K
Planet 5 – Import P3 – 5K, Export P4 – 75K
100,000 ISK in Taxes, making around 18M Profit for an hours effort.
After Crucibles 5 to 10% tax increase:
Planet 1 – Export P2 – 400K
Planet 2 – Export P2 – 300K
Planet 3 – Import P2 – 500K, Export P3 1,000K
Planet 4 – Import P2 – 500K, Export P3 1,000K
Planet 5 – Import P3 – 500K, Export P4 2,200K
6,400,000 ISK in Taxes, making 11.6M Profit (at current prices) for an hours effort.
WTF!? A cost factor increase of 64 times!? To maintain the same profits I will have to increase my prices by 30%. Given the lack of product on the market right now – it wouldn’t surprise me if I got it. I wonder how smart and dynamic CCP’s calculations are for their taxes? Are we going to end up chasing our tails – with a 30% increase in prices, resulting in a 30% increase in the amount of tax taken, which will mean we have to increases our prices again. It will balance out in the end, but you get the idea.
Oh well, it makes the tax return on your own custom office much more plausible now. Meanwhile I notice in Alliance the chat is about how many Dreads you need to remove a Custom’s Office in one siege cycle, as they experiment while removing (mindlessly?) those in a NPC 0.0 system. It is EVE – you have to adjust. I am just glad I don’t have a POS right now.
I just eyeballed the costs in my initial post. The EVE Wiki outlines what the tax costs are now based on:
“. Tax % is taken off the material’s taxable value. ◦ This value is set by CCP and is based off the market values in November 2011
. Import Tax is always half of export tax
. The taxable value are the same for all items in the same tier:
– Advanced Commodities: 1,350,000.00 ISK
– Specialized Commodities: 70,000.00 ISK
– Refined Commodities: 9,000.00 ISK
– Basic commodities: 500.00 ISK
– Planet Resources: 5,00 ISK”
A fair bit of rage and cheering on the EVE forums. Rage from people who think such a huge increase in tax is unjust, and will cause big impacts on the markets. Cheering from people who think PI is too easy to earn ISK from, and others who think people will now flood low sec and null sec with their POCO’s.