Due to some new tax laws the price of games on Steam could be see an increase in several different countries.
Steam will now include sales tax in the prices displayed on the store across 10 countries in order to fulfill new tax jurisdictions that require sales tax to be applied to digital goods and services.
Valve sent this in an email to Steam partners. Below you can see all the countries that are subject to this change and also when the change will take place as well as what percentage of tax will be added.
- Switzerland 8%
- South Korea 10%
- Japan 8%
- New Zealand 15%
- Iceland 24%
- South Africa 14%
- India 15%
- Serbia 20%
- Taiwan 5%
- Australia 10%
The email does not clearly state that prices will increase, only that the advertised price will reflect the added tax, such as how VAT is treated in the EU. “This means the customer will pay the price displayed on the storefront, and the tax will be separated out afterwards,” the email reads.
This does not necessarily mean that prices for all steam games will increase. Some publishers might absorb the tax and not raise the price for customers. But others are definitely might which will result in varying prices acroos different regions. We’ll let you know as soon as Valve provides further clarification.
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