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European VAT News – June 2019

By June 27, 2019July 10th, 2021No Comments

Effective from 1 April 2019, Belgium introduced a reduction on the VAT rate applicable to e-books from 21% to 6%…

Belgium

Effective from 1 April 2019, Belgium introduced a reduction on the VAT rate applicable to e-books from 21% to 6%. 

This follows the EU Council’s proposal to allow EU member states to cut VAT rates on electronic publications to match their printed equivalents.

 

Greece

Greece has confirmed that from 20 May 2019, the following VAT rate reductions will take effect:

  • From 24% to 13% on: all kinds of pasta and bread, fish and crustaceans, coffee, tea, fruit juices and vegetables, salt, vinegar, various food items based on cereals, flours, starches, and food items for the preparation of sauces, broth and soups.
  • From 13% to 6% for supplies of electricity and natural gas.
  • From 24% to 13% on some food preparation services supplied by businesses for food to be consumed either onsite or to be taken away.

 

Lithuania

The Lithuanian tax authorities are proposing to reduce their standard VAT rate from 21% to 18%.

There is no plan to lower their current reduced VAT rates, which will remain at 9% and 5%.

 

Norway 

From 1 July 2019, Norway proposes to reduce VAT applicable to e-books from 25% to 0%.

 

Spain 

Spain has proposed to cut the VAT rate applicable to e-books from 21% to 4% and hopes to implement this next year.

 

The above information was kindly provided by Fiscal Solutions (UK), www.fiscalsolutions.co.uk; contact: contact@fiscalsolutions.co.uk.