sales tax

New report details book and e-book VAT rates around the world

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) have released a report (PDF) collecting the VAT rates for print books and e-books in every country that charges them. Publishing Perspectives summarizes the report’s findings, which reveal wide [...]

Amazon issues EU VAT guidelines for KDP authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 2, 2014 // 6 Comments

Following the introduction of the European Union’s new VAT-MOSS regime, as reported by Chris Meadows, Amazon has now issued details on the implementation of VAT collection for Kindle Direct Publishing, and KDP authors like me have received a lengthy email from the Kindle Direct Publishing [...]

Nando’s, Amazon, and tax: Who’s the real chicken?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

In the wake of UK children’s writer Allan Ahlberg’s refusal of the Amazon-sponsored inaugural Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award – over Amazon’s tax avoidance policies and other issues including the Hachette standoff – The Guardian has been probing into similar tax [...]

UK budget means new ebook tax rates?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

He wants a cut of your ebooks. For non-British readers, the ritual of UK budget day, when the Chancellor of the Exchequer holds up a red dispatch box with the country’s financial future in it, may seem as quaint a part of national pageantry as beefeaters or the Changing of the Guard. But this [...]

Amazon begins collecting sales tax in Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee

By Chris Meadows
January 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s some Amazon news that hits me literally right where I live. Today Amazon began charging sales tax on orders shipped to Indiana—where I currently live—as well as Nevada and Tennessee. I can see why the states want to get their hands on the extra money, and technically we should be [...]

UK Booksellers Association CEO sends curious Xmas card

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

As reported in The Bookseller, UK Booksellers Association CEO Tim Godfray has circulated a rather interesting Christmas message to members, highlighting some key priorities for the BA that appear, on reflection, a little odd – when set against those members’ actual interests. Godfray [...]

Italy targets 19 percent book tax rebate to promote culture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

As reported by Italian press agency Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI), the Italian government is planning a 19 percent tax rebate for book buyers, up to a maximum annual limit of EUR 2000 ($2746). As part of the package of measures entitled “Destination Italy,”  the plan, just [...]

Use Tax on Missouri ballots today could affect large Amazon purchases

By Chris Meadows
November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

I was out and about doing various things today, and over the course of those things, I voted. There was only one issue on the ballot in my county: a 1.25% Use Tax, applying sales tax to out-of-state purchases. In other words, making sure that people who buy from Amazon and their ilk have to pay [...]

Amazon discontinues associate referral program in Missouri

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

Sometimes the news happens to you when you least expect it. I drove up from Springfield, Missouri to my brother’s house in St. Charles, on the way to GenCon in Indianapolis. As I was rolling through Rolla, I pulled off into a parking lot to check my email via convenient hotel wifi and found this [...]

Amazon also catches flak in Germany

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

UK and France are not the only European countries to indulge in a spot of gratuitous Amazon-bashing. Now Germany is seeing the same trend, with Reuters reporting “outraged” complaints by Sven Giegold, German Green Party Euro MP, at Amazon’s low German tax bill despite its huge [...]

Sales taxes for ebooks? Issue is heating up

By Paul Biba
July 17, 2012 // 7 Comments

From an article in Smartmoney: Those who order “Fifty Shades of Grey” in paperback generally pay sales tax, but in most of the country the e-book version is tax free. That may soon change. Republican governors are gradually easing their longtime opposition to sales taxes on online purchases, [...]

UK Publishers Association lobbies for e-book VAT reduction

By Chris Meadows
April 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

In December, I mentioned the UK Parliament considering and then declining to lower the UK’s 20% value-added tax (VAT) on e-books. Lowering the VAT is technically against EU law, though that hasn’t stopped countries such as France and Luxembourg from doing it. Publishing Perspectives reports [...]

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