Lower VAT on E books?

Different VAT rates between physical and digital goods and services do not fully reflect today’s realities.

Following the European Commission’s pledge to scrap the standard VAT rate on digitally supplied publications and e-books, a public consultation was launched on July 27, 2016 on the different VAT rates for printed and electronic publications. The consultation closed on September 19, 2016.

The pledge and consultation are part of the European Commission’s Action Plan, adopted on April 7, 2016, to tackle the VAT gap and adapt the VAT system to the digital economy and the needs of small and medium enterprises