Electronic Publishing: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 19th July 2019.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many EU member states apply a reduced rate of VAT to e-publications.

Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the adoption of the amendment to Directive 2006/112/EC on rates of value added tax for books, newspapers and periodicals by the EU Council; and if he will make a statement.

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

The most recent EU Commission publication of Value Added Tax (VAT) rates applied in Member States notes that, as of 1 January 2019, 5 Member States applied a reduced rate of VAT to e-publications.

The Government keeps all taxes under review, including VAT.

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. Any representations on this issue will be considered as part of the fiscal events process.

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