Publications: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the public purse of equalising at zero the VAT rate for e-publications and print publications; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the public purse of reducing the rate of VAT on on e-books, digital newspapers and magazines and other e-publications; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

Under EU law, a standard rate of VAT must be applied to e-publications. Although Member States are discussing a legislative proposal to allow the application of a zero rate of VAT to e-publications, this is yet to be agreed.

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