Electronic Publishing: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the application of VAT to e-publications does not disadvantage readers who rely on accessible and portable digital content.

Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the cost to public institutions of the level of VAT on digital (a) books, (b) magazines and (c) newspapers in the last (i) year and (ii) five years.

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

The Government keeps all taxes under review, including Value Added Tax (VAT) on e-publications.

In line with our legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010, ministers carefully consider the impacts for individuals with protected characteristics when developing policy.

HMRC does not hold detailed information about the VAT paid on specific products by government departments, public institutions or private entities.

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