Poland plans to tax revenue of streaming providers—companies like Netflix and Amazon—as part of a new set of virus relief measures submitted to Parliament on Tuesday for approval.
The proposed tax rate is 1.5% of local revenue from membership fees and commercials. The money is intended to benefit the Polish Film Institute, a state-owned developer and promoter of Polish cinematography. The smallest streaming companies will be exempt from the tax.
- The proposal comes as Poland continues to works with the rest of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on a global approach to taxing tech companies.
- The tax would bring in around 15 million Polish zloty ($3.58 million) this year and at least 20 million Polish zloty in subsequent years, according to an impact analysis published Tuesday.
- The analysis lists Netflix as the biggest anticipated payer of the proposed tax, followed by IPLA, Poland’s biggest Internet TV service. Amazon and Apple TV+ rank fourth and sixth on the list of biggest anticipated payers.
- The government proposal must be passed by both chambers of the Parliament and signed by the president before becoming law.