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Here's What Tech Giants Like Amazon Are Doing To Avoid Taxes On Google's Play Store

While the terms Google Play Store and taxes usually don’t go side by side, we’ve got some interesting news for you.

The tech giant is gearing up to make some major changes in the Play Store’s billing rules and that has plenty of apps concerned.

All digital purchases will now come with additional taxes with Google obviously getting a major share out of it. But if you think apps are going to sit quietly, then you’re clearly mistaken.

Amazon is the first to make updates, closely being followed by plenty of others who are doing everything they can to evade the extra payments.

For instance, we saw the Amazon shopping app put a halt to the sales of digital goods on the Play Store. Therefore, whenever a user wishes to purchase an eBook, for instance, they’re directed straight to the website. However, the platform’s Kindle app is functioning as usual.

At the moment, the exact mechanism behind the ordeal isn’t too clear to the public as yet, but it’s quite clear how this is being done thanks to changes in Google’s billings systems. Moreover, some users can even located disclaimers that try to explain why the sales for Amazon eBooks have been stopped on the Play Store. And that’s just another former statement that says the change is aligned with policies from the Google Play Store.

Some tech experts believe the new change could solely be reserved on the server end because you can’t make digital purchases. In the same way, some users notice how the app itself has failed to undergo any major update since last month, although a new version is up for grabs it doesn’t have this restriction.

There is plenty of confusion surrounding whether or not the change is for everyone or only limited to particular regions. Maybe Amazon might be keener on not forcing the entire market to go through the same change.

Other experts claim they’ve had a smooth sailing process with Amazon’s Kindle application and how it’s more or less unaffected by all of this. You can choose, buy, and checkout like normal time, adding a sigh of relief for plenty.

This is clearly not the first time that we’ve witnessed app giants like Amazon bypass Google’s rules, especially when it comes down to digital dales. For instance, we saw the Google Play Store try to enforce customers of Hulu and even Kindle to subscribe and purchase media products separately, through in-app purchases. Thankfully, that wasn’t allowed.

Many critics feel Amazon didn’t need to take such a drastic step by opting out of the Play Store for its purchases. They could have simply taken on the billings systems set up by Google. Yes, that could have made Amazon go through some losses, or perhaps we’d see it raising its prices.

Remember, all of this talk may sound French for iOS users as Amazon does not permit sales of digital goods via apps on the Apple App Store. But when it comes down to Android users and the Play Store, it’s a whole different ball game. After all, many saw it as a perk to shop through the in-app sales section but we’re afraid that period is now gone.


H/T: BBC.

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