VAT On printing

VAT on Printing

Knowing which printed products include VAT can be complicated. So let’s discuss VAT in more detail, which products incur it, and some exceptions.

VAT Exempt Products

VAT (Value-Added Tax) is a compulsory financial tariff levied at each stage of the supply chain – from production to the final sale, and it only applies to some print items.

The list below shows which print items are VAT exempt. Please note that there can be exceptions to this list, so please read the Exceptions section carefully.

VAT Exempt (Zero-Rated) Items:

  • Hardcover (Casebound) Books
  • Paperback Books
  • Brochures
  • Booklets
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Comic Books
  • Zines
  • Flyers
  • Folded Leaflets

VAT (Standard Rated) Items

Generally, the VAT depends on which print item you’ve selected and whether a user will write on it.

The Following Items Are Not VAT-Exempt:

  • Business Cards
  • Letterheads
  • Compliment Slips
  • Postcards
  • Greeting Cards
  • Posters
  • Art Prints
  • Wall Calendars and Desk Calendars
  • Notebooks
  • Diaries
  • Journals

For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the HMRC website.

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