The Australian government has ruled out a tax on smartphones and tablets, saying it does not need to.
Key points:The new law would impose a tax of 1.5% on purchases of phones and tabletsSource: AAPIt would also impose a 0.5%-per-cent tax on any device that contains a camera, audio recorder, microphone or other equipment that can capture images and video, the government said.
But Qataly’s founder, Ben Smith, said it was a good sign that Australia is moving towards a future in which the tax is not needed.
“I think it’s a great sign that the government of Australia is beginning to recognise that mobile devices are really a part of our digital lives and that we’re not really taxing them as much as we used to,” Mr Smith said.
“If you’re in a shop, you know you can’t have a camera on the wall, you can have a phone in your pocket, but you’re not paying the tax on that.”
So it’s quite good that the Government is starting to think about what we need to do to support mobile businesses and to make sure that our tax regime is still progressive and we can continue to attract the businesses that are really needed.
The tax would not apply to the purchase of a mobile phone or tablet,” a spokeswoman said.