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  • Before Christmas Amazon disappeared off this web site – any explanation?

    Was it removed and has now been rehabilitated after someone realised that VAT on books in the UK is rated at 0%? – Just curious.

  • Martin: Not sure what it was that made you think it, but there wasn’t any disappearance of Amazon before Christmas. (Anyway the issue about Amazon that’s been debated is to do with taxes other than VAT.)

  • @Mark Pack

    There are issues related to Amazon and VAT. One is that under EU rules due to expire in 2015, VAT on e-books and software downloads to consumers depends on where the website is hosted, not on the location of the customer. They base their website in Luxembourg (possibly at variance with ASA guidelines) so their e-books are covered by 3 percent Luxembourg VAT, not 20 percent UK VAT – many would say this is fair game, at least until the rules change to be based on location of customer, as with other distance sales.
    A second issue is (according to evidence given by them to the public accounts committee) they don’t pay VAT in the UK on other products (e.g. iPads) they sell from their site, because they are a foreign-based company – which is contrary to my understanding of how a business would be run in compliance with the VAT law (assuming distance sales exceed 70K per year).

  • Thanks Mark and Richard. I am not sure what happened then. i thought I would do my bit by using your link, but could not find it. By the way, I do not think basing their site in Luxembourg can be wrong as it seems to operate as a branch of, but I cannot see why they are unable to integrate their English, French and German sites.

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