'Axe the reading tax': book industry demands end to VAT on ebooks
Following EU directive that allows governments to waive duty on digital publications, calls grow for the UK to end ‘illogical and unfair’ levy
The UK government is being urged to axe the “illogical and unfair” 20% tax currently imposed on ebooks, while print books remain exempt, after European legislation cleared the way for this to happen.
The new legislation, which came into force on Tuesday, allows member states to reduce or do away with VAT on digital publications such as ebooks, audiobooks, journals and newspaper subscriptions. France, Italy and Iceland have already declared they will lower their taxes on digital publications.