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Belgium cuts e-book VAT to 6% Apr 2019

  • May 8, 2019 | Richard Asquith

Belgium is the latest EU state to announce a reduction in its VAT rate on e-books, online journals and similar digital publications. Electronic books VAT has now been changed from the standard rate 21% to the second reduced rate of 6%. This is the same rate as printed books and newspapers.

The reduction has been back dated to 1 April 2019.

This harmonisation of e-book VAT rates to their printed equivalent was agreed by EU member states last year. It follows a prolonged negotiation to update the EU VAT Directive, which prevented the existing printed tax subsidy being granted to online print.

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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 is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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