IPA hails UAE’s new law exempting books from VAT

The IPA has welcomed a progressive new law announced in the United Arab Emirates on Monday (31 October) that exempts reading materials from VAT and entitles employees to read during working hours.

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Annual IPA-FEP Global Report on VAT on Books now out

The International Publishers Association (IPA) and Federation of European Publishers (FEP) Annual Global Report on VAT on Books 2016 was released today during the IPA’s General Assembly, which takes place every October during Frankfurt Book Fair.

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IPA on the ground to back Kenyan publishers’ #NoVATonBooks campaign

Kenyan lawmakers will this week decide whether to scrap the 16% VAT rate imposed on books in the country, three years after the disastrous levy was introduced.

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Consumption Tax (JCT) rates going up in Japan

After 1 April 2017 (not an April Fools’ joke), the overall Japanese Consumption Tax rate in will rise to 10%. The plan is to maintain the consumption tax on food and home delivery of newspapers at 8%, while books, magazines and newspapers purchased at newsstands and their e-versions will be taxed at 10%. The Japanese Government is currently investigating the possibility of applying the reduced tax rate for books and magazines.

photo by Emmanuelle Magnenat

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Global VAT/GST on books and e-books

A new IPA/FEP report reveals a world of difference between national approaches to taxation of books and e-books.

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A book is a book: VAT rules must reflect that

The European Court of Justice ruling that e-books don't qualify for lower rates of value-added tax (VAT) will have severe consequences for the book trade. We spoke to Vincent Montagne, President of Syndicat national de l'édition (the French publishers association) about the issue.

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