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Belgium 6% e-book VAT

  • Jul 23, 2016 | Richard Asquith

Belgium 6% e-book VAT

Belgium is looking to reduce the VAT rate on electronic books from its standard rate of 21% to the reduced rate of 6%.

Its Parliamentary Committee for Finance last week agreed to lower the rate, and syncronise its printed and e-book rates.

In 2015, the European Court of Justice ruled that all member states must charge their higher, standard VAT rates on ebooks until further notice. The European Commission has since published a proposal to allow member states to more flexibility over setting VAT rates – including on ebooks.


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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.