CAVe CUT Against VAT on e-Books

Literature is a cultural treasure to be encouraged and nurtured for all of us including our children and generations to follow. 

Reading is a both a joy and a right in a civilised society; it is a fundamental element of our education and development! 

That’s why books have been excluded from the scope of VAT since it was created over 40 years ago.

To quote novelist and cookery writer, Prue Leith:- 

‘The Treasury wouldn't put VAT on books any more than they would burn them! So how can they do it to e-books?’

But now that book sales are migrating towards digital formats - the UK Treasury looks with greedy eyes on the revenues available from taxing e-books. 

Calling an e-book “a program download” was all that was required to artificially extend the scope of VAT into taxing literature. Frankly, we are staggered by the blatant opportunism and the lack of shame which this demonstrates. 

This at a time when educational materials are increasingly being delivered in e-book form! 

This wrong must be righted - VAT should not be charged on literary works simply because they don’t have a cover made from leather, cardboard or paper.

CUT - The Writers e-Publishing Community, urges the UK Government to abolish VAT on the sale of e-books. We want the UK Treasury to begin the process of abolition unilaterally and then lobby the EU to do likewise.

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