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We petition the UK government to abolish VAT on ebooks

Submitted on Friday 29th July 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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We petition the UK government to abolish VAT on ebooks

Additional Information

We petition the UK government to abolish VAT on ebooks.

An increasing number of people are now reading books in digital format, but with VAT such a significant extra cost, the books are often little or no cheaper than their print equivalents.

The EU has removed barriers to equalising VAT on ebooks but the UK government doesn't seem to be making any moves towards adopting this.

By continuing to charge VAT on ebooks, the government is also damaging the UK's publishing industry

We should be proud of not taxing people to read - let's keep it that way. Petition the government to abolish VAT on ebooks.


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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.

You are more likely to get action on this issue if you sign and share a single petition.

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