eBook VAT Has Been Changed in the EU At Least 8 Times This Year

Everyone has heard that the UK reduced the tax collected on the sale of books earlier this year, but did you know they were not the only ones?

I was just browsing the KDP community when I noticed that, starting in January, Amazon has reported that multiple EU member states have taken advantage of changes to EU rules on ebook VAT status, and lowered the tax rate for ebooks.

  • Austria – 20% to 10%
  • Netherlands – 21% to 9%
  • Slovenia – 22% to 5%
  • Spain – 21% to 4%
  • UK –  20% to 0%
  • Germany – 7% to 5%
  • Austria – 10% to 5%
  • Bulgaria – 20% to 9%

Before you ask, yes, Austria is on their twice, and no, that was not a mistake. The second change is reportedly a temporary change, and it ends on 31 December 2020. (Bulgaria’s change in VAT also reportedly expires at the end of the year.)

Update: Germany’s VAT change is also temporary. The VAT rate for ebooks was reduced to 7% in December 2019, and then reduced again in response to the pandemic. The 5% rate is set to expire at the end of 2020. Thanks, Ingo!

Have you changed your prices?

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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