News Corp had argued that its digital publications of The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sun on Sunday papers should have been treated like the print versions which are zero-rated for value-added tax (VAT).
It was hoping to recoup more than 35 million pounds paid out between 2010 and 2016.
But the court dismissed its appeal, ruling that for the purposes of VAT exemptions, the term newspaper did not apply to digital editions.
A spokesperson for News UK, News Corp’s British newspaper publisher, said it was disappointed with the decision.
“Four courts have now considered the position and all found that the print and digital editions had fundamentally the same public purpose required to justify a zero rating and provided the same content,” the spokesperson said.
The British government removed the VAT charge on digital publishing altogether in April 2020 in order to boost online readership of newspapers and e-books during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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