Fri, 16/05/2014 - 15:59
There is “no scope” to change the 20% VAT rate on e-books, the UK government said this week.
A parliamentary question from Tom Harris, Labour MP for Glasgow South, on whether the government has carried out any assessments of the impact of the e-book market on publishers, authors and readers solicited the following response...
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 09:50
The UK chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that e-books will be taxed from the consumer’s European member state from 1st January 2015.
A little-noticed section of last week's budget announcement confirmed that from the start of next year, e-books and other e-services including broadcasting and...
Thu, 13/02/2014 - 09:25
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has called on Europe to end "discrimination" on e-book VAT rates, calling the current situation "technophobic, backward and unfair".
A new study from the IPA shows that the majority of European states apply full standard VAT rates to their e-books, while applying...
Thu, 21/02/2013 - 11:36
The European Commission has decided to refer France and Luxembourg to the EU Court of Justice over its cut-rate VAT on e-books.
A statement from the EC said failure to comply with EU law on VAT resulted in "serious distortions of competition to the detriment of traders from other EU Member States" which "goes against...
Fri, 02/11/2012 - 06:30
The French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l'Edition, SNE) has reaffirmed its support for its government's decision to cut VAT rate on e-books, despite mounting pressure from the European Commission.
Both France and Luxembourg are edging towards a fine from the European Commission for having unilaterally reduced...
Wed, 24/10/2012 - 11:57
The EU's European Commission has confirmed that it intends to force Luxembourg and France to raise the VAT rate applied to e-books, giving both countries just 30 days to comply or risk being taken to the European Court of Justice.
Both countries unilaterally dropped their rates at the beginning of this year in order to equalize...
Tue, 23/10/2012 - 13:29
The European Commission is to give France one month to raise the VAT rate applied to e-books or face the European Court of Justice. The move is likely to have significant implications for fellow e-book rogue member Luxembourg and therefore for those e-booksellers, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Bilbary, who have located their...
Tue, 28/08/2012 - 07:29
The European Commission may charge France and Luxembourg with infringing European Union (EU) VAT legislation, alleging that the reduced tax rates set by these countries for digital books “is creating serious distortions of competition”.
Digital books can be easily purchased in other EU countries than that of the consumer...
Thu, 05/04/2012 - 08:45
Amazon's tax arrangements are in the spotlight this morning after national newspapers followed up The Bookseller's initial investigation.
As The Bookseller first reported in its 23rd March edition, Amazon's transferral of its...
Fri, 16/12/2011 - 09:50
Amazon's Kindle business could be handed a massive competitive advantage in the new year after Luxembourg said it would reduce value added tax charged on e-books from 15% to 3%. The move means Amazon will be able to reduce the price of Kindle content in comparison to other companies which sell e-books from within the UK attracting the...