Petition to exempt books from VAT hike sent to prime minister

More than 64,000 people have signed a petition asking the government to exempt books from a planned hike in Value Added Tax. The “Call for the Defence of Books” campaign consists of an open letter to Prime Minister Petr Nečas sent on Monday by the association of booksellers and publishers. It states that the protection of the book market is all the more necessary in times of change and economic crisis, when books are among the first things to be considered dispensable. The government wants to raise VAT to 20% as soon as possible in order to cover pension reform. Only certain foodstuffs are currently to receive exemptions.