A tax on smartphones, however, not on smartphones. Telephones exempt from the reprographic fee

The government is getting ready to extend the reprographic fee with new devices. A few months ago, the media dubbed the tribute “smartphone tax”, but it turns out that the name is extremely misplaced.

“Smartphone Tax” not on smartphones. Tablet prices may go up, however

The draft regulation to the act on the reprographic fee was sent to the Government Legislation Center. It provides for the imposition of a tax in the following amount:

  • audio or audio-video equipment with the function of recording or playing external media & hairsp; – & hairsp; 4%
  • desktops and notebooks & hairsp; – & hairsp; 4%
  • tablety — 4 proc.
  • TVs with recording or playback of external media & hairsp; – & hairsp; 4%
  • czytniki e-booków — 2 proc.
  • digital cameras with non-interchangeable lenses & hairsp; – & hairsp; 2%

Contrary to previous fears, smartphones are not included in the regulation. It is true that in theory they could be included under the category of “notebook computers”, but & hairsp; – & hairsp; as unofficially learned by colleagues from Moneya – The Ministry of Culture deliberately deleted telephones and smartphones from the list of devices subject to the reprographic fee.

Is electronics more expensive by 4 percent? It is not so obvious

If the tablet costs PLN 999, there is a small probability that due to the 4% fee, its price will be increased to PLN 1038.96. In such a situation, the seller will most likely either take the tax on himself or raise the price to PLN 1049 or PLN 1099. This is a matter of the producer’s or distributor’s pricing policy.

The tablet market leader & hairsp; – & hairsp; Apple & hairsp; – & hairsp; has already established itself as a company that does not accept margin reduction. Tim Cook has already increased the prices of products that have been available for a long time overnight, due to, for example, unfavorable exchange rates. For this reason, I don’t think Apple will take the 4 percent tax, so iPad prices could go up.

What is the “smartphone tax” or reprographic fee anyway?

The reprographic fee covers products that can potentially be used to copy someone else’s work. It is a kind of compensation for artists and publishers.

For many years, the levy has been paid by producers and importers of paper for printers (and the devices themselves), CDs and other data carriers. The government’s plans assume expanding the list to include consumer electronics, but everything indicates that smartphones will be excluded from it.

For now, it is not known when the new tax will enter into force.

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