Newspapers are to remain zero-rated for value added tax – despite moves by the government in the budget to remove other similar tax breaks.
Chancellor George Osborne told parliament yesterday that a number of loopholes in the way VAT is applied would be closed, but that the government remains committed to a zero per cent rate for the press.
He said in the budget speech: “We’re publishing our plans today to remove loopholes and anomalies, but we keep the broad exemptions on food, children’s clothes, printed books and newspapers.”
The majority of EU countries levy VAT on newspapers. Complications arise in the UK when newspapers sell digital editions (which are charged VAT at 20%) and bundle their print and digital subscriptions together.
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for the week ending Sunday 27 March
- The battle for Libya overshadows the press
- Much analysis of Osborne’s 2011 Budget
- Tsunami aftermath, MPs’ pay freeze, and Saudi rallies received little attention
- The battle for Libya, and control of the no-fly zone, 679 articles
- Chancellor George Osborne, announcing the details of the 2011 Budget, 647 articles
- Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, with engineers still working frantically to make it safe, 318 articles
- The murder of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, whose body was found in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 108 articles
Political ups and downs (top ten by number of articles)
Celebrity vs serious
- Lady Gaga, campaigning for gay rights in Malaysia with her new hit song, 71 articles vs. over 40 Pakistan miners killed in an underground blast, 10 articles
- Madonna, looking to sue after her Malawi school project fails, 56 articles vs. Human Rights Watch reporting the use of torture by a special police unit in Uganda, 2 articles
- Singer Chris Brown, throwing a backstage tantrum on Good Morning America after being questioned about alleged abuse of ex-girlfriend Rihanna, 25 articles vs. worsening political crisis and escalating violence in Ivory coast, 19 articles
- Fiona Walker, the 1976 poster girl in a tennis dress, 15 articles vs. the Canadian government collapsing after a no-confidence vote, 13 articles
Who wrote a lot about…’the 2011 Budget’
Larry Elliott – 12 articles (The Guardian), Chris Giles – 9 articles (Financial Times), James Chapman – 7 articles (MailOnline), Venessa Houlder – 7 articles (Financial Times), Andrew Grice – 6 articles (The Independent)
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Good old online altruism eh? Twitter users have seized upon the opportunity to get their uncensored Tweets published on the Telegraph’s Budget page.
A Twitterfall feature – which now seems to have been removed – embedded on the side of the Telegraph.co.uk Budget 2009 page, picked up Tweets which referred to the UK Budget 2009.
Funnily enough, the Twitter masses seemed more interested in expressing opinions on the Telegraph’s editorial content, or saying hello to their mums, than adding to the economic debate.
@DarkPhnx perhaps sums it up best.
A sample from earlier below – we seem to have captured it at a cleaner moment. Or check out this grab from @Noodlepie.