Value added tax

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 [...]

Diane Duane holds Cyber Monday sale; may have to close e-book store

By Chris Meadows
November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Diane Duane’s e-book store is running a 50% off sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. All e-books in the store are half-off, no discount code required. But as Duane explains in a blog post, this could very well be her last Cyber Monday sale, because of the new VAT MOSS regulations coming into [...]

New European VAT law could threaten small e-businesses

By Chris Meadows
November 29, 2014 // 4 Comments

New European Union regulations regarding value-added taxes (a sort of European equivalent of sales tax) will take effect January 1, 2015 that could cause problems for businesses selling electronic goods and services. Referred to as VAT MOSS (for “Mini One-Stop Shop,” the web portal each member [...]

Google uses transfer pricing to avoid paying European taxes

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

One of the most commonly-heard complaints about Amazon, at least in Europe, is that it sells e-books from a division based in Luxembourg so that it can charge a much lower VAT (Value-Added Tax, the European equivalent of sales tax) rate on its e-books than UK law allows. The unspoken implication is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

European Council may bring changes in EU ebook VAT

By libertyc
October 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

A meeting of the European Union’s European Council scheduled to take place this week could bring about a retail mini-revolution for ebooks in Europe, at least if certain writeups in the media are to be believed. As reported in The Bookseller, the meeting may see the different rates of value [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

UK declines to lower VAT on e-books, gives Amazon big advantage in UK e-book sales

By libertyc
December 23, 2011 // 7 Comments

After the matter came up in Parliament last week, the UK has once again declined to lower the value-added tax on e-books, which currently stands at 20%. The Bookseller reports David Gauke, the UK’s exchequer secretary, said the UK could not do this and remain in compliance with European Union [...]

Parliament looks into UK’s 20% VAT rate on e-books

By libertyc
December 16, 2011 // 1 Comment

FutureBook’s Philip Jones has a piece looking at the problems of value-added tax (VAT) on e-books in Europe. The fundamental problem is that, in the UK, e-books are charged the highest possible VAT rate, 20%, while print books have been exempt from VAT for decades. Other parts of Europe are in [...]

French ebooks: what should the VAT rate be?

By libertyc
June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Publishing Perspectives notes this question being discussed in the latest issue of ESPRIT magazine by Pascale Fouche – bibliographer and editor of the Dictionnaire encyclopedique du livre. Fouche does not want a lower rate of VAT extended to ebooks: “A book is an item, printed on paper, [...]

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