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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Supreme Court rejects Amazon appeal; New York affiliate program sales tax law stands

By libertyc
December 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

A few years ago, states started passing laws requiring Amazon to pay sales tax if it offered affiliate marketing programs in their state, rather than only being required to pay them if it had physical facilities there. This resulted in Amazon cutting off its affiliate programs in any state that [...]

Use Tax on Missouri ballots today could affect large Amazon purchases

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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, [...]

European Commission investigates France, Luxembourg for illegally lowering VAT on e-books

By libertyc
July 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Remember how Amazon has based its European operations in Luxembourg due to that country’s lower value-added tax rate on e-books? And France has reduced its own rate? Today the European Commission served notice that it was launching an investigation into whether these countries had broken European [...]

UK Publishers Association lobbies for e-book VAT reduction

By libertyc
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 [...]

Books a Million refuses to carry Amazon-published titles; Amazon may open brick and mortar stores

By libertyc
February 4, 2012 // 6 Comments

PaidContent reports that the US’s second-largest bookstore chain, Books a Million, is following in the footsteps of Barnes & Noble and proclaiming it will not stock Amazon-published titles in its brick-and-mortar stores. It’s not clear whether, like Barnes & Noble, they will sell the [...]

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