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Luxembourg cuts e-book VAT to 3%

  • Feb 25, 2019 | Richard Asquith

Luxembourg has agreed to lower its VAT rate on electronic books from the standard rate of 17% to the super reduced rate of 3%. The move follows the agreement between EU states to permit the harmonisation of rate on e-books to their physical equivalent. 

The measure has been back dated to 1 January 2019.  Other states, including Ireland and Malta have already confirmed plans to cut their rates.

Luxembourg was at the centre of the debate to harmonisation online book and journals’ VAT rates in 2015. An European Court of Justice ruling found France and Luxembourg had broken EU VAT rules by having lower rates on online books.


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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 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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