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Remove VAT from sales of electronic books.

Submitted on Thursday 4th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

Petition Action

Remove VAT from sales of electronic books.

Additional Information

Printed books are not subject to VAT, however VAT is charged on electronic books.Sales of electronic books are growing and will soon outstrip those of printed books. This VAT inconsistency could be seen as a way of introducing tax on books by the back door.

This petition requests that VAT is no longer charged on sales of electronic books. This is allowed under EU law (see below).

The EU has passed a special measure allowing member countries to charge a reduced VAT rate on "any similar physical medium that predominantly reproduce the same textual information content as printed books", from January 2011. The EU has made it clear that should any country choose to apply the reduced rate early it won't take action against them.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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