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Italy: reduced VAT rate of 4% on e-books from 1 January 2015


PwC_R_Vinesh.Naidoo_Yoginee.Sharma_Vernie.Slabert_SouthAfrica_Jhb_P_CW_0017.JPGThe Italian Parliament passed the 2015 Finance Law on 22 December, which applies the 4% VAT rate to e-books as of 1 January 2015. According to the legislation any publication that is identified by an ISBN code (International Standard Book Number) and transmitted through any physical or electronic means, should be considered as a book and, as a result, subject to the 4% reduced VAT rate. Continue reading


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Italy – Web Tax legislation as from 1 of July 2014


The Italian Parliament approved on December 23, 2013, the Finance Law for 2014 (so called “Legge di Stabilità” – no. 147/2013). Such a law has provided for the set up of the so called “web tax”.

At a first stage, the web tax should have been both for VAT and corporation income tax perspectives. The VAT aspects of the web tax has now been repealed (please see below).  Continue reading