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Germany Approves VAT Cut For E-Books

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.con, Brussels

22 August 2019


The German Cabinet has approved a proposal to reduce the rate of value-added tax on electronic publications. The rate is expected to drop from January 1, 2020.

According to the Government's announcement, the measure means that books, newspapers, and magazines will be treated equally for VAT purposes regardless of whether they are published in physical or electronic format.

Publications delivered in electronic format are currently subject to VAT at the standard rate of 19 percent. Under the changes, e-publications will be taxed at the reduced rate of seven percent, the same as physical publications.

The proposal follows EU Council approval of a change to the EU Directive to explicitly permit member states to levy the same rate of VAT on electronic publications as for traditional, tangible publications.

TAGS: VAT rates | tax | value added tax (VAT) | commerce | law | internet | e-commerce | Germany

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