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E-petititon about VAT on electronic publications

by on February 6, 2012

You may like to consider signing this e-petition and circulating it to colleagues – see below for details


As you know universities and colleges are obliged to pay VAT at the full standard rate, which is currently 20%, on their subscriptions to electronic academic journals, books, newspapers and magazines.

 We believe that they should be treated in the same way for VAT as printed publications; printed versions of the same resources are zero-rated in the UK; in the rest of Europe VAT is applied at the reduced rate, currently 5%.

 We have set up an e-petition to urge our Government to do one of two things;

1.         Introduce zero-rated VAT on electronic academic publications.

 2.         Or, if it is not feasible to add electronic publications to the list of zero-rated goods then to follow other European countries and apply VAT at the reduced rate now and consider reducing this to 0% as soon as possible.

 We need 100,000 signatures for the topic to be considered for debate in the House of Commons. Anyone can sign and we would like you and your library colleagues, academic staff, students, researchers friends and family to sign the e-petition:

 * They will need to provide their name, address and email

* They can choose to receive email updates from the government about the e-petition

 Sign here:

 To help publicise the campaign we have created an A4 poster which can be downloaded and printed for display in public spaces.

 To download the poster see  

 If you would like some small business cards to distribute then please contact Jenny Carroll.

 You can follow the campaign on Twitter #fairVAT4epubs


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  1. Victoria Voice permalink

    No to VAT on electronic publications

  2. Matthew Petrou permalink

    No to VAT on electronic publications, life is expensive enough for those within the education system, anything that can have unnecessary cost cut should to help bring down further increasing prices.

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