Electronic Publishing: VAT

HM Treasury written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total revenue from taxation levied on e-books, digital magazines and digital newspapers in each of the last three years; and what estimate he has made of the further revenue that will accrue from the forthcoming changes to VAT place of supply rules on those products from 1 January 2015.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

No reliable estimate has been possible for the total revenue from VAT levied on e-books in each of the last three years. HMRC estimates that additional revenues as a result of the change to the VAT place of supply rules for telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services for years 2014-15 and 2015-16 will be £70m and £300m respectively.

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