Russia's Internet czar looks to squeeze more taxes from App Store and Google Play
One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's top advisors is looking to raise taxes on digital purchases made in Apple's App Store and iTunes Store, along with Google's Play Store. German Klimenko, a Russian businessman, and the recently-appointed Internet czar for the country, is calling for an increased value-added tax (VAT) of up to 18% to be applied to digital purchases. The proposal would impact not just Apple and Google, but other non-Russian companies as well.
Product categories affected by these new taxes include games, movies, and ads. Currently, VAT is charged on digital goods created by Russian companies, an issue that foreign businesses like Apple and Google don't have to deal with.
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