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Netflix, Spotify, Tinder To Pay Google’s 30% Tax Fee

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Netflix, Spotify And Tinder Are No Longer Off The Hook: They'll Be Required To Pay Google's 30% Tax Fee

Several well-known developers are having their privileges stripped from them.

Before now, Netflix, Spotify and even Tinder were exempted from paying a 30% tax on Google’s in-app payments.

Google said it had revoked those privileges, and these developers will now have to pay.

Google’s VP  for Production Management, Samat Sameer, on Monday, explained why this is now necessary for these developers.

In his statement, he said this message is coming for clarity.

Developers need to be aware of the billing policies that Google is putting in place now. 

Netflix, Spotify And Tinder Are No Longer Off The Hook: They'll Be Required To Pay Google's 30% Tax Fee

Tinder To Pay 30% Google Tax

The clock is ticking, developers

To hasten the process, Google has given these developers a deadline.

By the 30th of September 2021, these developers should have done a review of the system.

They need to adjust their payment system to fit Google’s billing system.

They have just about a year to get this done, which is enough time to meet the guidelines. 

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This development might affect you too!

Netflix, Spotify And Tinder Are No Longer Off The Hook: They'll Be Required To Pay Google's 30% Tax Fee

Google Play Store

With these developers trying to make adjustments to their system, you might take the fall for it.

Having to pay the 30% tax Google requires there’ll be an increase in price for you too!

Yes, there might be an increase in your subscription fee for these services. 

This is so the developers will be able to meet up. 

Do you think you can sacrifice something a little extra? 

Free and fair play

This new development will affect Google-owned apps, as well.

So in case, you thought this is unfair treatment, be aware, there’s no bias. 

Google’s motivation to make this decision may be stirred from Apple.

The development came shortly after a dispute between Apple and developers over a similar issue.

The dispute caused some apps such as Spotify and Epic Games, amongst others, to form an alliance.

They called it The Coalition For App Fairness.

Right now, Google and Apple are facing a lawsuit from Epic Games. Why?

This is because Epic Games doesn’t agree with the fees set in place. 

Netflix, Spotify And Tinder Are No Longer Off The Hook: They'll Be Required To Pay Google's 30% Tax Fee

Epic Games Store

Google thinking outside the box.

In the midst of all this, Google still has your best interest at heart.

As you may be aware, Google is not as strict as iOS and Apple.

A lot of iOS software’s are only available if you use an iOS device/iPhone.

But Google is quite different. And to add to this, they’re working on something new.

Also, Google is trying to put a development in place whereby you can get Google apps anywhere at all, without having to go to the Play Store.

Wouldn’t that be extraordinary? 

According to Google’s VP, this will be possible when the official Android 12 is released, next year.

Slight glitch?

Regardless of the semi-positive news, there’s still a slight glitch.

Google’s VP mentioned that developers would be unable to inform users on how to avoid the 30% tax policy.

Additionally, developers questioned if there’s a way to communicate with their users. 

They also had concerns about alternative payment methods.

In response to the concerns of the developers, there’s no limitation to communicate with users.

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