Norway will remove VAT from eBooks and all e-publications starting July 1st, 2019. This represents a huge VAT cut since currently they are subject to the standard rate which is 25%.
Since the European Council agreed to allow member states to apply a reduce VAT rate to electronic publication last year (1) several countries have adopted the measure reducing the levy on eBooks such as Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and Portugal (2) (3) (4).
Once the zero rate VAT enters into force for eBooks, newspapers (including e-newspapers), books and electronic books will all be equally VAT rated, ensuring an equal tax-related treatment of printed and electronic media.
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