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QST and Printed Books

On July 6, 2011, the Ministère des Finances du Québec published information bulletin 2011-3, which announced, among other things, the broadening of the zero-rating measure for printed books.

To take into account the evolution of information transmission methods, specifics have been provided as to how printed books sold, for a single price, with a read-only medium, such as a CD-ROM, or the right to access a website are to be treated under the QST system.

Therefore, effective November 1, 2011, the zero-rating measure will apply where a printed book bearing an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and a read-only medium or the right to access a website are sold for a single price, provided they form an inseparable whole and the book is the main component.

Until November 1, 2011, the rules provided for in the previous version of interpretation bulletin TVQ. 198.1 1, specifically the version of April 30, 1999, continue to apply.

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