Electronic Publishing: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of The Earl of Clancarty The Earl of Clancarty Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to bring VAT on digital publications in line with printed books following the EU's decision to allow all member states to give e-books and audiobooks the same VAT-free status as printed books.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

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

Any amendments to the VAT regime as it applies to physical publications and e-publications must be carefully assessed against policy, economic and fiscal considerations.

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