[nycbug-talk] taxing free software
Mon Jan 31 10:34:43 EST 2005
Had a long discussion about open source software in Poland with a
Polish network admin.
Apparently, the Polish government levies massive taxes on the use of
It's done in this manner:
the tax is 22% on software. . . So you install Sendmail or some MTA,
and it's free. How does the government determine what the 22% is based
on? By a similar product like MS Exchange. So if Exchange costs
$1000, you have to pay the government $220 for using a free MTA.
Anybody heard of this before? It seems completely ridiculous. Why not
tax tap water at the rate of the cost of a Pepsi. . .?
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