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EU fails to agree again e-book reduced VAT

  • May 24, 2018 | Richard Asquith

EU fails to agree again e-book reduced VAT

At today’s EU meeting of finance ministers, ECOFIN, member states failed again to agree to allow the reduced or nil VAT rates on electronic books and publications.

The proposal was last discussed at ECOFIN in June 2017, and no progress was made.

The Czech representation again blocked the measure.  Its position was linked to other countries earlier blocking an anti-VAT fraud measure, the generalised reverse charge.

Several countries, including Sweden and Germany, expressed their frustration at the Czechs holding other member states to ransom on e-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 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.