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NewsBrands Ireland is an umbrella group which represents national newspapers, in print and online.
It released a statement this afternoon, following Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s announcement that the Government is maintaining the 9% VAT rate for printed newspapers and cutting the VAT rate from 23% to 9% for the papers’ digital content.
NewsBrands Ireland had been lobbying the Government to reduce both the newspaper and digital VAT rate to 5%.
The statement says:
NewsBrands Ireland Chairman, Vincent Crowley said: “We welcome the Minister’s decision to maintain the 9% VAT rate for printed newspapers and also to cut the VAT rate to 9% for digital publications, which will reduce the cost of access to quality, independent Irish journalism for people who access their news online.
“Most European countries apply zero or super-reduced rates to newspapers in recognition of their core societal function. Hopefully today’s news is a step in the right direction and that next year’s budget will see further progress in this regard,” concluded Mr Crowley.
NewsBrands Ireland will continue its #JournalismMatters campaign to push for policy measures to support independent journalism and bring Ireland’s policies into line with our European counterparts.
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