Belgium cuts e-book VAT to 6% Apr 2019
- EU VAT
- 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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