iTunes Store and App Store Prices Could Increase Up to 20% in the U.K.

iTunes Store and App Store Prices Could Increase Up to 20% in the U.K.

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iTunes Store and App Store prices could increase up to 20% in the U.K. due to a new law set to be implemented in this year's finance bill, reports The Guardian.

Chancellor George Osborne is aiming to close a tax loophole that allowed companies to charge online customers VAT at low foreign rates. At the moment, web firms such as Apple and Amazon are selling digital downloads through countries like Luxembourg, where the tax rate is as low as 3%, instead of paying the U.K.'s 20% rate.

The budget document reads:

"As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue."

It's estimated that the move could raise an extra £300m for the Treasury.

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iTunes Store and App Store Prices Could Increase Up to 20% in the U.K.
Hxhzh - March 30, 2014 at 10:00pm
Consumers will be affected !
Tax the rich! - March 24, 2014 at 9:37pm
Or tax dodging corporations everywhere
AntiNeo - March 24, 2014 at 5:20pm
Time to think about jailbreak ... Greedy bastards everywhere ...
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