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Question for Treasury

UIN HL5381, tabled on 13 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the introduction of an online sales tax for the purpose of levelling the playing field between high street and online retailers, with particular regard to the sale of books.

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25 January 2022

At Autumn Budget 2021, the Government announced that it will continue to explore the arguments for and against an Online Sales Tax (OST), the revenue from which would be used to provide business rates relief for in-store retail. The consultation will launch shortly.

No decisions on whether to proceed with an OST have yet been made. It is the Government’s intention to use the forthcoming consultation to consider in detail the issues surrounding proposals for an OST. This will include exploring the range of products, both physical and digital, which are sold online, including books.

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