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Luxembourg to Increase VAT Rate on E-Books While Other EU Countries Pushing to be Allowed to Use Reduced Rates

Luxembourg has announced that effective 1 May 2015, the value added tax (VAT) rate applied for e-books will be the standard rate of 17% instead of the reduced rate of 3%. The change follows the decision of the European Court of Justice published 5 March 2015, that applying a reduced rate for e-books was not compliant with EU law. A similar decision was published the same date concerning France's VAT treatment of e-books.

While Luxembourg has complied and will increase the rate, other EU countries are pushing to be able to apply the currently permitted reduced rate for printed books to e-books as well. France, Germany, Italy and Poland have called on the European Commission to bring about the necessary changes needed to enable EU Member States to apply reduced rates.

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