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Spain cuts e-book VAT rate to 4%

  • Apr 22, 2020 | Richard Asquith

22 April - confirmed implementation date of 23 April 2020.

13 May 2019 - Spain has proposed cutting its VAT rate on digital publications from 21% to 4%. This covers income from: e-books; and online journals or newspapers.

The harmonisation of the electronic publications rate with the super reduced rate for printed books follows EU agreement on changing the EU VAT Directive last year. Since then, almost ten EU states have implemented or announced rate cuts on digital publications.

The Spanish measure has been included in the country’s four year fiscal plan, and must be approved by parliament first.


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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 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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