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Portugal Proposes Sales Tax on Tablets and Smartphones

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The Portuguese government is considering a tax on consumer electronics that would impose a sales tax based on the internal storage memory of the device being sold.

The government has sent the proposal to the National Culture Council (CNC), which collects fees for content owners. The argument being put forward is that a per-device tax will be better at protecting authors' rights and ease the loss of revenue due to illegal downloads.

It's reported that the tax would be at the rate of EUR0.25 per GB of internal memory - potentially increasing the cost of Apple's top iPad by EUR16 per tablet sold.

On the web: The Portugal News

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