Are all Tax Magazines online only now?

Tax Adviser and Taxline are missing from my letterbox

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Postal strikes in December and January may have delayed deliveries but now its Febraury and no paper journals have arrived this year. I've seen emails for 'new and improved' websites for Tax Adviser: https://www.taxadvisermagazine.com/

Also the ICAEW TaxLine : https://www.icaew.com/technical/tax/tax-faculty/taxline

Did I miss the memo or the tick-box to opt in for paper copies?

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By cathygrimmer
02nd Feb 2023 10:24

I don't know about Taxline but if you follow the 'previous editions' link on the Tax Adviser website there wasn't one in January - so I'm guessing that's why we haven't had it! February's will presumably turn up soon.

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By cathygrimmer
02nd Feb 2023 10:31

A quick look at my magazines suggests there wasn't a Tax Adviser last January too (unless I've lost it!).

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By Hugo Fair
02nd Feb 2023 12:03

As a general comment (not specific to those two publishers), I noticed a trend that 'hid' on the coat-tails of the pandemic lockdown and now the intermittent postal strikes.

When digital versions of printed magazines first appeared, they were positioned as an 'extra' (often only available for a higher subscription cost than paper-only).
I've no idea whether that was a cynical ploy to increase perceived value (or merely to recoup initial setup costs), but publishers quickly realised that physical copies were more expensive to manufacture and to deliver ... so the emphasis changed.

Subtly at first ('due to the postal uncertainties we are allowing print-only subscribers free access to our online versions') ... then with added bribes ('exclusive to our online subscribers').
Now most of them have completed the volte-face and charge a premium for paper printing & delivery ... which is no doubt a precursor to withdrawing that option.

Probably all fairly obvious but, in brief, if they haven't ceased paper printing yet then they are probably planning to do so (unfortunately for those of us who prefer paper).

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By cathygrimmer
02nd Feb 2023 14:26

Wasn't the add on online stuff originally sold as free with the paper version for VAT purposes - the VAT following the magazine/books? Or have I misremembered that? VAT isn't my area of expertise and it's just a vague memory!

Personally I read the magazines when they arrive but use the online version to find stuff so I do like to have both - albeit my eco instincts tell me I should read the magazine online and not have a paper copy.

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By Catherine Newman
02nd Feb 2023 16:16

I have in the back of my mind that CIOT were cutting down the number of issues. May be January was one they have cut.

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By More unearned luck
02nd Feb 2023 17:41

There was also no August 2022 edition nor for January 2022. Perhaps they don't print in January on the ground that readers are to busy in that month to read it.

The subscription rates (for non-members) per:

page 2 Feb 2023 is "UK Print subscription rate 2023: £139 for 12 months"
page 2 Feb 2022 is "UK Print subscription rate 2022: £121 for 12 months"
page 60 Dec 2021 is "UK Print subscription rate 2021: £116 for 12 months".

If I was a subscriber I would interpret "for 12 months" to mean 12 mags a year and would be complaining to trading standards. I'd feel short changed.

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By Jo Nokes
02nd Feb 2023 20:57

Tax line announced that they would be digital only from (I think) January

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By Matrix
02nd Feb 2023 21:07

You can read them online. It doesn’t look like you need a subscription, I just paid £406.

Did anyone used to have them in the office and you had a sticker with names and you had to cross off your name after reading and hand to the next person?

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By Hugo Fair
02nd Feb 2023 22:15

Last saw those 'office copy' subscriptions (with their internal subscriber labels that you mention) back in the '80s ... along with those A4 envelopes with pre-printed boxes on the outside, in which you wrote the name of the next person to whom you wanted the contents delivered by the postboy!

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