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 [...]

Stephen King takes a rod to the rich

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 28, 2015 // 10 Comments

Stephen King is anything but my favorite horror writer – and after all, he can afford to ignore my snark. Literally. And that’s precisely the point. But in that regard, he just substantially redeemed himself in my eyes – with a scathing and passionately profane article in The [...]

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 [...]

Documents leak fingers Amazon among Luxembourg tax offenders, says ICIJ

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) claims to have just obtained a trove of leaked documents from the tiny and highly tax-efficient Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, naming Amazon among many name-brand international companies that sought extensive tax concessions by [...]

Remember all that anti-Amazon tax snark? Your turn, Apple

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 1, 2014 // 5 Comments

Amazon-haters who used the media/retail giant’s European tax policies as a stick to beat it with may soon be looking for a new theme: at least if they want to continue to cast Amazon as the sole villain in the piece. Because the European Commission has issued a letter asserting that the Irish [...]

Anthony Horowitz: Amazon are evil, their middle name is miseree …

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Evil stalks the land. Evil. Badness. Wrong. Sin. Naughtiness. And its (their?) name is (are?) not legion, but Amazon. Thus the opening keynote speech by Anthony Horowitz at the London Book Fair’s Publishing for Digital Minds event, as relayed by Digital Book World and a hail of Tweets. What [...]

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 [...]

G20 Tax Reform Plans May Close Amazon Loophole

By libertyc
July 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The variable tax geometry that has generated so many headlines, consumer complaints and politicians’ soundbites across Europe lately about Amazon could potentially be cut back soon, as the G20 nations line up behind an Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) plan that [...]

Amazon’s UK Tax Debacle: Time for the scapegoat to butt back?

By libertyc
May 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

UK press, politicians and public all seem heated up about Amazon’s tax bills in the UK—or lack thereof. Seems those deceitful corporations have been daring to incorporate and structure across jurisdictions, rather than standing meekly inside good honest British borders and reaching their hands [...]

How to fund a public ebook library with tax deductions, by Eric Hellman

By libertyc
February 1, 2011 // 2 Comments

In California, newly (re)elected governor Jerry Brown has proposed to zero out state funding for libraries. In Britain, government cuts could lead to as much as a quarter of librarians lose their jobs over the next year. In New York, the Queens library has responded to budget cuts by zeroing out [...]

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