Electronic Publishing: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 16th July 2019.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour/Co-operative, Islwyn

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on authors of removing VAT from the sale of e-books.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

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

Amendments to the VAT regime as it applies to physical publications and e-publications must be carefully assessed against policy, economic and fiscal considerations. Any representations on this issue, including those from authors and their representatives, will be considered as part of the fiscal events process.

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