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Re: Wellcome Trust report

I am afraid that Fred is mistaken where he says that the VAT problem is
"only a UK problem".

There are several other countries in the EU and they are all faced with
high, though diferent, VAT percentages on online only journals. The reason
for this is that an online jounal is considered a 'service' not a

This calls for cynical jokes if it were not such a serious issue. In The
Netherlands e.g. switching from paper to online only means an increase in
VAT from 6% to 19%.

Not for profit organizations cannot reclaim the VAT and so they are faced
with an increase of 13%.

Nick C.C. Vos