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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Australians Face 10% Digital Goods Tax, but It Can Be Bypassed with a VPN

Australians Face 10% Digital Goods Tax, but It Can Be Bypassed with a VPN

Australians Face 10% Digital Goods Tax, but It Can Be Bypassed with a VPN

Added: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:Torrents, VPN, BitTorrent, trust.zone, Trust.Zone VPN, Goods and service tax, GST, Australia, Netflix tax, to, Netflix
A new law proposed by the Australian government could make digital online services a lot more expensive for its citizens. The government is considering applying 10% tax to “intangible goods” like web service subscriptions, online music, movie downloads, TV shows (including streaming services such as Netflix) , e-books, digital game downloads like Steam and etc.

This tax would also affect video streaming service Netflix which has just arrived in Australia, making the service 10% more expensive. So-called, "Netflix tax" would increase the price of Netflix from $8.99 a month to $9.89 for the basic package.

As a result, the price of most Steam games could effectively increase 10 percent for Australian gamers. Many gamers criticize the difference in price between games in Australia and the US because the goods are digital, and are therefore not affected by the costs involved with shipping physical products. One reason given for the proposed so-called “Netflix” tax is to protect native Australian businesses from foreign competitors, but there is no service comparable to Steam in the country.

Some more tech savvy gamers use VPN (Virtual Private Network) services to mask their origin so they can purchase games at lower foreign prices, but many others simply forgo buying the games entirely and choose to pirate them instead.

How to Bypass Netflix Tax in Australia with a VPN

According to the CNET Australia some active Australian users of music and movie streaming services have already found a way how to bypass so-called ‘Netflix tax’. Savvy streaming users and TV-show fans use VPN services like Trust.Zone VPN and other to mask their country of origin, so they can purchase online music and TV shows at lower foreign prices.

According to the study revealed in 2014, up to 200,000 users are signed up to US Netflix and other Streaming and Video Content Services from the US. Most of them are trying to use VPN to unblock geo-restrictions in Australia and access the streaming services.

ExtraTorrent’s Best Choice to bypass geo-restrictions in Australia is Trust.Zone VPN service. Trust.Zone VPN replaces a real IP address of the user by IP address of VPN server located in another country. Besides that, the torrenting became safe with a VPN because all traffic among user and VPN server is 100% secure encrypted, so government agencies cannot track users’ activity.

Trust.Zone VPN service doesn’t allow to be completely blocked by ISP or government agencies in Australia because Trust.Zone VPN may forward the encrypted internet traffic via HTTP Port 80, HTTPS Port 443 which are never blocked by ISP.

If VPN is set to work on port 443 than your ISP is able to see something which will look like you are browsing a website with HTTPS like Gmail, PayPal and other. This means all your ISP and potential government agencies can see how much traffic you use, not what you are using it for.

ExtraTorrent recommends using VPN to bypass geo-restrictions and protect your torrenting!

Posted by:  Admin
Date:  Wednesday, July 29th, 2015



Comments (25) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2015-05-10 07:11:51)
No avatarWow, I didn't realise Australian Government supported piracy!!

2
posted by (2015-05-10 07:35:25)
No avatarI wanted to try the free trial but it said it was no longer available...
I will look elsewhere. But thanks for the info

3
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2015-05-10 07:50:43)
Embolism avatarBoston tea party!!,anyone for Tea the Americans themselves threw down and revolted when unfairly taxed without representation and such an intangible tax goes one step further as at least the Yanks had something tangible to show for their tax,whereas streaming media like Netflix may allow you to watch the medium it does not condone you pirating and keeping it,many will do the latter to pay the former and so the tax may well propagate or perpetuate piracy if in force.
Is it me or is it just a governmental way of profiting from the people on something they neither own or control and since tax is paid in the monthly ISP payment to receive the internet are they not taxing something they do not own or control to begin with,it seems another money for nothing scheme by the Aussie Government in a time of world financial crisis.@1 the Government are the biggest of pirates,they just don`t openly raise the jolly roger. (:^D)

4
posted by Kitty (2015-05-10 07:51:27)
Crash1 avatarPeople should read the first 2 sentences carefully, and note the 3 words I've emphasized in the following.
"A new law PROPOSED by the Australian government COULD make digital online services a lot more expensive for its citizens. The government is CONSIDERING applying 10% tax to “intangible goods”"

The Government CONSIDERS a LOT of PROPOSED legislation that never makes it into law, so don't go rushing up to subscribe until it IS actually the law. (Somehow I can't see this getting past the investigation stage, and certainly not into legislation ... even the Politicians could see the loss of votes of EVERY online shopper in the country if this passes. Self preservation is a powerful tool.)

5
posted by (2015-05-10 08:30:19)
frenzeed avatarThe Aussie Gov didnt really need to give me another reason to download torrents

6
posted by (2015-05-10 12:48:51)
No avatarWell our Australian dollar is not doing so well to start with so a game like Advance warefare costing $70US from steam eventuates to $78-$85AUD then another tax of 10% will bring it to $85-95AUD soulds really silly to me whoo!!! screwed by tony abbot again

7
posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-05-10 14:46:41)
analogkid6103 avatarI added a comment but it timed out.
I can't write it all again.
That should be a bug.
Why does it not detect you if your writing? I notice that it also does when uploading something, when It has a large description when you "finish" you really are.
It pops up the login screen and all work is lost.

8
posted by (2015-05-10 14:54:51)
No avatarKizmo our economy is not going so well, the proposal is that this tax will be collected from large online companies like amazon, netflix and steam, if so having a VPN is not the answer although it might be part of it. What you need is an overseas account!

9
posted by (2015-05-10 15:58:34)
Rockman avatar9 ) The Aussie government would just find a way to tax the overseas account guessing a V P N is the only answer . .

10
posted by ET lover (2015-05-10 17:25:44)
Flinx avatarGot free trial. They have nice client for windows!

11
posted by (2015-05-11 01:00:41)
KingTubby avatarAs an Aussie who's been in the I.T. game a long time, i can tell you one thing about "proposed" new "taxes" and stupid ideas that those capitalistic pr1cks have... Before they implement it they have a tendency to trial it. Such as the "internet filter"... i always route through VPN and find that i have access to a lot more goodies online anyway

The only thing that governments are interested in is their own agendas. We can't trust them, and i've given up on listening to them since every time they open their mouth all we hear is LIE, LIE, LIE, LIE....

12
posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderBitcoin MasterET lover (2015-05-11 07:07:10)
No avatarNo Thanks i will pay for my seedbox and continue to download my files.

13
posted by Kitty (2015-05-12 09:29:31)
Crash1 avatarActually brianic2012, after Telstra, the next biggest ISP is TPG (which owns Internode, Adam, and several OTHER ISP's as well). Optus is a DISTANT 3rd.

And BTW, I'm not complaining about promoting VPN's, but let US make the CHOICE of which one we want to use. He could have posted a link to one or more of the VPN COMPARISON sites that rank the VPN's by their services, log keeping, speed, etc (and where Trust.Zone has NEVER been MENTIONED), but instead advertises for one PARTICULAR VPN.

See if THESE 3 comparison sites make it through the filter. 3wDOTTop10BestVpnDOTcom, 3wDOTbestvpnDOTcom / comparison-tool, whatismyipaddressDOTcom / vpn-comparison

14
posted by (2015-05-12 09:52:18)
No avatarWell just heard on radio how this new tax can be easily avoided in 2 min just with a vpn.i would not be worried about it.
Could someone explain how seedbox works . How do you go about setting one up.Thanks

15
posted by (2015-05-13 04:32:02)
No avatarTheres already GST on telstra and optus accounts, Steam Includes GST on there US prices (Called The Australian Tax) lol.. we pay GST on all digital services QUICKFLIX, PRESTO, STAN, UPLAY, ORIGIN, EA ACCESS etc.. in this country, accept Netflix but that MAY change.. I think this article only refers to Netflix.

16
posted by (2015-05-19 16:25:47)
No avatarThere are only two reasons these laws are being put in:
1. Spying wantonly on citizens without cause or warrant.
2. Narrowing the walls around citizens to prevent them going to non-Murdoch/Packer alternatives.
That evil sh*t Tony Abbott is completely up both their ars*s, happily rimming the both of them with his hungry, hungry tongue, desperate to sell us all completely out as quickly as possible, to make his masters happy.
He needs to be deposed and replaced with someone who isn't a known fundamentalist racist, homophobic misogynist.
Australia has never been such a dark place, and I've never been so ashamed to be an Australian as these Backwards Abbott Years. Death is too good for that c*nt.

17
posted by Blocked (2015-05-24 06:28:55)
No avatarImagine being Stan, Presto, Netflix and Foxtel going hot and heavy to capture their share of a wide open market, setting very low and competitive prices only to be confronted by the aussie government who is struggling to get a budget past the australia people who is looking for something, anything to tax or cut without appearing to be to harsh.

Foxtel went from pushing its 100.00 a month package in australia to pushing a 25.00 a month package within a week of Netflix appearance on the scene. Incidentally, Foxtel has joined forces with Telstra (whom I refuse to do business with) in Australia and at 25.00 a month is the most expensive with the least available content.

18
posted by (2015-05-24 10:35:50)
No avatarI am already breaking the law as a pirate.
Now stupid people are suggesting I should add tax avoidance too?
Al Capone was a notorious gangster and murderer, yet it was for tax avoidance that he spent so many years in jail. Learn!

And the world famous Australian tactic of narking on your mates every time you get caught for anything will just not cut it. Do the crime, and you will do the time.
There's lots in prison who can tell you all about their own cunning schemes
The DGT is logical step that tidies up a loophole is all.
It would have come no matter who the government is.

19
posted by Kitty (2015-05-31 23:49:16)
Crash1 avatarI wish this [email protected] MORON would stop posting THE SAME ARTICLE EVERY TEN DAYS ... All it's doing is to GUARANTEE that I'll NEVER use the service THEY'RE hawking.

This is the THIRD TIME this SAME ARTICLE has been posted in the CURRENT NEWS section. What's he going to do when the PROPOSED legislation doesn't make it into law?

People don't seem to realise that you can't charge a tax on a SERVICE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, so ONLY those services sourced in AUSTRALIA could have the tax applied (that means STEAM and most OTHER paid subscription services are EXEMPT).

If they tried to apply this then all they'd be doing is killing off many LOCAL service providers, as they would no longer be able to compete. Anyway, they already CHARGE GST as per the law, and double dipping is illegal, so they can't charge it AGAIN. (And if the LOCAL service can't compete they go out of business, then the government can't get the GST they were charging their customers and end up LOSING money.)

That's why people who purchase items from England over the internet don't have to pay Value Added Tax (The UK equivalent of our GST). There may be import or customs duties due when the items arrive in Aus, but no TAX on those items. I've purchased several computer games from England and had to pay a $3-5 duty when I picked them up, but there was no VAT on their end.

20
posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2015-06-02 07:06:53)
teethors avatarhahaha, this is kinda new, i didnt knw that aussie love piracy , tnx

21
posted by (2015-06-03 05:17:24)
No avatarhey guys this might seem like a dumb assed question but when comes to PC's im a dumb ass lol whats the difference between a VPN & seedbox as im an aussie & aint gunna give bloody tony R-abbott any more money than he already screws out of us guys bloody 10% Netflix tax he a freaking joke and sugestions as to the best ones Id rather a service that dosent show up even as just looks like your browsing ya gmail addy ect if they do exist lol

22
posted by (2015-06-04 06:44:32)
bm777 avatarWe already pay through our noses for everything...
So basically if your browser sees that you are in Norway for instance, it won't charge you 10% even if you ship to an australian address?
An old friend of mine always used to say.."The day sh1t has value, poor people will be born without ass".

23
posted by ET junkiemen (2015-06-14 07:22:28)
pookiechops avatarMy avatar says it all really

24
posted by (2016-02-22 19:22:44)
Admiral_Smith avatarA good ipv6 tunnel can probably bypass it too. You know if Australia's government cannot get any money then specific departments go into the trash can. I just say this out of speculation. Maybe AU's government is that hungry because it is called a tariff. I mean AU is just one huge island too so all digital transactions could have tariffs involved with them.

25
posted by (2016-02-22 20:50:38)
Admiral_Smith avatarNot a double post but a follow up.
AU banning VPN so there..



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