Flash Alert: Poland to Tax Streaming Services

The Polish Government has announced its plans to tax streaming services. This will be part of the third economic stimulus package and amount to 1.5% of locally generated revenues.

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The Polish Government has announced its plans to tax streaming services. This will be part of the third economic stimulus package and amount to 1.5% of locally generated revenues.

Poland refrained from introducing a digital tax last year. However, under the current budgetary constraints resulting from COVID-19 mitigation, the Government is looking to collect around PLN 20 million from streaming services to support local media and the art vertical.

The tax is being justified by emphasising the huge popularity of streaming services in Poland and changing the legal definition of the word “movie”. The direct beneficiary of the tax will be the Polish Film Institute.

According to government plans, the tax will be introduced into law by 1 July 2020 and will be collected each quarter.

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