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Malta is to become the first EU member state to harmonise its VAT rate on digital books and online journals

  • Nov 4, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Malta e-books VAT rate cut

Malta is to become the first EU member state to harmonise its VAT rate on digital books and online journals with their reduced-rated paper equivalents. This follows the EU Finance Minister (ECOFIN) meeting in 2 October where it was agreed that the VAT Directive would be amended to allow reduced or nil rating for digital printed products.

Malta is to make e-books subject to its 5% reduced rate from 1 January 2019.


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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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