BRUSSELS: Taxes on e-books should be cut to align their price with paper books, the European Commission proposed as part of a broader review of sales tax's rules in Europe.
Existing European Union rules allow reduced value added tax (VAT) rates only for printed books but not for e-books. Several EU states, including Germany, France and Italy, have repeatedly urged to scrap this discrimination.
A Commission document said it would issue a legislative proposal later this year "to ensure that e-publications can benefit from the same reduced rates as physical publications," a Commission document said.
The concession on e-books is part of a wider plan to give back to EU states some powers to set VAT rates. — Reuters
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