Spain ebook VAT rate cut proposal

Sun 2nd Oct 2011

Following on from this week’s call for a French VAT cut for digital publishers, the opposition party in Spain has put forward a similar reduction proposal.

Currently, e-books, online newspapers and journals are classified at the higher, standard VAT rate in Spain, which is 18%. This compares to traditional newspapers and books, which are classified at the reduced VAT rate of 4%. To read more about Spanish VAT compliance.

Across Europe, many countries classify digital print at the lower EU VAT rates – read here about varying VAT rates on publishing – but most still levy VAT at the increased rate. The European Commission requires countries to follow the higher standard rate, but is reviewing this position in advance of a 2015 wholesale overhaul of the European VAT system.

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