The European Commission giving the green light to simplification package of VAT, he has actually materialized for his part the Italian on the specific vision of ebook for almost two years taxed as paper books. Although it lacks the opinion of the European Parliament and Council (the latter is the toughest fight) is an official document that gives reason to those who have always supported the campaign Brussels and even European Court . The Commission proposal for new taxation of eCommerce instead goes in the direction anticipated by countries such as France and Italy, theoretically allowing the possibility for Member States to reduce the rates applied to electronic publications. Once approved by all the Member States, the new system will allow them to align the rates on electronic publications to those publications in hard copy. Caution: United will not, however, obliged to do so.

“A great victory for Italy and for readers from all over Europe.” This is the first comment of the President of the Italian Publishers, Federico Motta after the announcement of the European Commission proposal to let free the EU countries to cut VAT for ebooks:

Europe follows the direction taken by Italy, which from January 1, 2015 has chosen to apply the VAT at 4%. A decision that we wait for some time. We were the first to demand that the VAT for print and digital books were equated. We launched # unlibroèunlibro, campaign success, which was shared by the Minister Franceschini that brought forward with courage and conviction as Italian position in Europe when it was a minority. Now all European readers will have the same rights.

The package Commission of course is not just about e-books, is designed to allow companies that sell goods online to meet their obligations more easily. The only way was to seek a boost harmonization, act like you want to do with the tax on cross-border sales by making it so that those monies (less than 10 000 euro) are managed on a national level – idea like to SMEs – and with a plan against fraud. Under the new rules, VAT will be due in the Member State of the final consumer, thus ensuring a more equitable distribution of tax revenues among the EU countries. The proposals will help the Member States to recover VAT lost every year on online sales, currently estimated at 5 billion Euros. In practice, it is the tax component of the European eCommerce plan, with whom he counts you eliminate much of the red tape, lower costs to businesses and recover 7 billion more in taxes for revenue.