VAT news tagged as "e-books"

Europe

EU fails to agree again e-book reduced VAT

May 25th, 2018

At today’s EU meeting of finance ministers, ECOFIN, member states failed again to agree to allow the reduced or nil VAT rates on electronic books and publications. The proposal was last discussed at ECOFIN in June 2017, and no progress was made. The Czech representation again blocked the measure.  Its position was linked to other …


Iceland

Iceland scraps e-book VAT 2019

April 10th, 2018

Iceland’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs is to reclassify electronic books as zero-rated for Value Added Tax from 1 January 2019. E-books are currently subject to the reduced VAT rate of 11%. Iceland is a member of the EEA, and not a member of the European Union where countries are obliged to charge the …


Switzerland

Switzerland cuts e-book VAT to 2.5%

October 21st, 2017

Switzerland is to reduce the VAT rate on e-books from 8% to 2.5% on 1 January 2018. This will bring the VAT rate on electronic books into line with that on printed books. The main Swiss VAT rate will also drop from 8% to 7.7% on the same date. The European Union has been debating …


Colombia

Colombia scraps VAT on e-content

August 29th, 2017

Colombia plans to exempt a range of digital content provided electronically to consumers from VAT in order to boost its digital sector.  The following services are proposed to be taken out of the VAT net: Cloud-based computing Downloads of software Online digital content for e-learning e-books from non-resident sellers were recently exempted from VAT withholding tax …


Thailand

Thailand foreign e-services 5% VAT

July 11th, 2017

Thailand has proposed introducing 5% VAT on all non-resident e-services providers selling to local consumers.  This would include eliminating the existing annual threshold of baht1,500. In a public consultation, closing this week, the Thai tax authorities are requesting feedback on indirect taxation on foreign sellers of e-books, streaming media, online journals, SaaS services and apps.  …