German e-book VAT 7%

  • Mar 31, 2019 | Richard Asquith

Germany has committed to introducing legislation to reduce the VAT rate on e-books, online journals and newspapers from 19% to 7%.

The move follows the agreement between the EU Council to permit countries to harmonise their reduced/nil rated physical books with their electronic equivalents. A number of EU countries have already implemented the reduction, with others to follow this year.

Germany is likely to approve the change in the next few months; but unlikely to implement the reduction until 1 January 2020.


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Richard Asquith
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Richard Asquith is the former VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara