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EU committee backs reduced e-book VAT

  • May 6, 2017 | Richard Asquith

EU committee backs reduced e-book VAT

A key EU Parliamentary committee has voted to back the European Commission proposals to reduce VAT on electronic books to the same rates as their paper equivalent.

The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee backed the measure, which now goes to the full EU Parliament to vote on.

Only goods specifically listed in the EU VAT Directive Annex II may enjoy reduced VAT rates in the 28 member states.  However, this list was drawn-up before the widespread adoption of e-books. France and Luxembourg lost a hearing the European Court of Justices in 2015 to maintain their reduced rates on e-books.  Following this, the European Commission has drawn up proposals to enable states to reclassify e-books to the same rates they apply to printed books.


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.