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Will downloads be taxed?

3 years ago

Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer Derby, UK
It can still be a bit confusing, but it seems like on the whole we’re getting better at actually paying for stuff we download. But should downloads be taxed, like…well, everything else we buy?

From next year, Japan will put an import tax on all downloads that come from foreign websites, partly to help domestic retailers against the likes of Amazon.

Okay, I’ll admit, this isn’t the most exciting of topics, but it could have some real effects on our digital lives if it catches on, increasing the price of things like 99p iTunes tracks (and could land you in even hotter water if, say, you’ve a kid who covets in-app purchases).

In the US congress, they have been arguing for years, but only a handful of states bother. VAT applies in the EU... I think. Honestly, this makes me yearn for days spent reading about cryptocurrencies.

The long and the short of it is: part of the reason this tax news from Japan is being so widely reported is because it’s a big deal, and if it catches on elsewhere, expect your bargain basement downloads to cost… well, slightly more. Unless you’re paying in Dogecoins.

Should we pay tax on downloads? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. 
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