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Bulgaria cuts e-book VAT rate to 9%

  • Jun 11, 2020 | Richard Asquith

Bulgaria has become the latest EU country to cut the Value Added Tax rate on electronic books from 20% to 9%. Check Avalara’s e-book VAT rate guide.

Bulgaria is also reducing the VAT rate on paper-based books which is also currently at the standard rate of 20%. Most other EU member states have operated reduced VAT rates on printed books, newspapers and journals. In 2018, the member states agreed to permit harmonising e-book VAT rates with the lower rate allowed by the EU VAT Directive on printed books.

The Bulgarian VAT rate cut is only temporary between 1 July and 31 December 2020, as part of measures to support the publishing sector during the COVID-19 crisis.

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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 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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