Earlier this week the Hungarian government submitted its proposed tax bill for 2015. One of the most interesting changes is the proposed introduction of the “Internet tax” that will be imposed on Internet service providers at a rate of HUF 150 (approx. USD 0.60) for every gigabyte of data or part thereof. By way of example, downloading a movie in HD quality (8.5 GB) would attract a tax charge of approx. USD 5 or the download of a 6GB game would have an additional cost of approx. USD 4 according to the original version of the proposal. You may expect that providers will try to recharge this cost to their customers, which makes surfing even more expensive.
The digital economy has revolutionized traditional ways of conducting business around the world, while international tax rules have been slow to adapt to this new business environment. Many countries have started discussing ways to address this situation. At the international level, the recent G8 Summit held in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, on 17 and 18 June, 2013, the upcoming OECD action plan on BEPS expected in July 2013 and the next G20 summit in September will likely provide additional guidance and proposals on the taxation of digital economies.