Audiobooks: VAT

(asked on 23rd June 2020) - View Source

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the application of VAT to sales of audiobooks.

Answered by
Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
This question was answered on 1st July 2020

An extension of the zero rate of VAT has been introduced to provide consistency in approach between certain physical and digital publications.

Audiobooks are already taxed consistently at the standard rate in both physical and digital format.

There are no current plans to extend the VAT zero rate to audiobooks. However, the Government keeps all taxes under review, including VAT.

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