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.

Which countries apply most tax to books?

A new IPA/FEP special report reveals wide differences in national approaches to applying Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST) to books and e-books. Only 22% of countries apply standard rate VAT/GST to printed books, while 69% apply standard VAT/GST to e-books. The global average VAT/GST rate for print is 5.75%, while for digital it is 12.25%. 

Access the IPA/FEP special report on VAT/GST taxation here.

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