According to the approval of the representatives of the Islamic Council, as in previous years, the suppliers of all kinds of foreign games for personal computers, mobile phones and consoles must pay ten percent of the sales price as part of the duties.
On March 7, 1402, during the next year’s budget review process, the members of the parliament obliged the tax affairs organization to charge 10 percent of the foreign game suppliers with the participation of the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture. In fact, this action is in the income section of Note 6, which is related to duties and taxes, and the MPs agreed with Clause “Q” of the said Note.
According to paragraph “Q” of the mentioned note, the Tax Affairs Organization with the participation of the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture is obliged to the suppliers of all kinds of foreign games that can be installed on computers, mobile phones and game consoles; Receive a fee of 10% of the sales price and deposit it into the general revenue account for the treasury of the whole country.
When did the issue of collecting fees from computer game suppliers start?
The issue of receiving fees from foreign game suppliers started from the budget bill of 2017. This project was suggested by “Hossein Karimi Qudousi”, the former CEO of the National Computer Games Foundation. Of course, his decision was accompanied by widespread opposition from computer game developers.
“Kerimi Qudousi” defended the plan to collect fees from foreign games by declaring that the economic conditions of Western games do not match with local games. In response to the defense of Karimi Qudousi, the game makers announced that the National Foundation of Computer Games should adopt a measure to prevent the spread of illegal copies in the market instead of receiving fees.
According to the budget bill, these taxes will support local and domestic games. But so far, it has not been officially reported how many percent of this budget has been allocated to the production of domestic games.
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