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UK Government forced to abolish zero rate VAT on books and newspapers

March 10th, 1993

Myth: Thanks to an EC directive, the UK Government is obliged to abolish the zero rate of VAT on books and newspapers at once.

Response: This is untrue. The relevant directive * permits those Member States that have implemented a zero VAT rate on specific products before 1.1.1991 to maintain that rate from 1.1.1993 for a period of four years.

Therefore, if the UK or any other Member State were to decide to abolish the rate now, it does so of its own initiative.

* Directive 92/77/EEC

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