/ VAT & Digital
A work colleague suggested a digital subscription with 'Zinio' on my Google tablet. At £47.99 for the year its not cheap but this morning I decided to go for it.
Imagine my surprise when I get the E-mail confirmation showing my credit card was actually charged £57.60.
It appears that Zinio doesn't show VAT despite it being a UK magazine being sold to a UK address with a UK credit card. Is it legal under those circumstances to NOT show a VAT inclusive price?
It might only be 10 quid but it feels underhand.
Anyone have any thoughts?
I bought a folding table for ~£50 from a store through amazon. I didn't spot the VAT on the item page, and I had a £10 voucher in my account, so I didn't spot it on the checkout when the total was still ~£50.
Also, if you just google Zinio, and then search for Cyclist, this is what comes up. That has VAT showing.
My understanding was that unless you make it plain that the item doesn't include VAT, then a consumer will automatically assume it does, so you can't add VAT on later.
I guess you might need a screen shot to prove your case, though.
Just been back through it and on the payment page it say £47.99 then in small print underneath it say "subject to taxes (VAT)"
Zinio only show the actual price charged in the email confirmation.
Seems like a shop advertising a pair of jeans at £50. Then shows £50 at the till and on the credit card machine but reciept prints out at £60 hmmmmmmm
You'd probably have no trouble cancelling, the distance selling regulations also apply. However, if you actually want the subscription then I suppose you're stuck with it.
I think you would feel more aggrieved if you'd bought it from them, thinking they were cheaper than somewhere elsewhere that had included VAT in their price.
Normally a magazine sub has a good discount over the newsagents price but my Zinio sub saves only 15p per issue. That's fine to a point as I don't want paper but wonder out of interest what the print sub price is.
This all seemed such a good idea this morning!
Digital subscriptions are too expensive. Look at Kindle books - 90% of the price but without the distribution, printing, etc
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1994/23/section/19 ). The VAT liability is a liability of the supplier, so, for example, if they mistakenly didn't charge you VAT then they take the hit not you.
However, in this particular case my previous post is more relevant. Hope this helps.
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