Streaming: there are more and more services

By official regulations, the final number can be confusing. An app allows you to simplify the process.

Between the taxes that are levied on foreign currency purchase operations made with a credit card and the rate changes for digital services, the practice of knowing how much will have to be paid at the end of the month for music, movie and even video game platforms It is usually a cumbersome task.

Users of Netflix, HBO, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video, Google Drive, Office 365 and other digital services know the price for which they contract each of the services, but not always the final amount that they must pay for each of them.

Although the cost is usually relatively low, such as Paramount Plus which is below 400 pesos with taxesthe reality is that when all the balances are added, the result in pesos can become bulky.

In principle, it must be taken into account that streaming services at the national level are taxed with 21% VAT, an 8% PAIS Tax on exchange transactions and the Tax by Resolution 5232/2022 of 45% on account of Profits and Personal property.




Streaming: there are more and more services

The total tax is 74%, although in some regions of Argentina 2% is added for Gross Income and 1.2% for Stamps, therefore, the extra cost for having a streaming service is almost 80 %.

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Impuesto, the Argentine development to know how much you pay for digital services.  Photo: capture.


Impuesto, the Argentine development to know how much you pay for digital services. Photo: capture.

To save calculator users, programmer Lucas Romero, nicknamed Luke, 31, created the Impuesto web app that even has an extension for Google Chrome, Opera, OperaGX and Microsoft Edge browsers.

It is about the adaptation of the website so that it has the particularity of working on any cell phone or tablet, regardless of the operating system you use.

Among other details, this platform programmed with the JavaScript language and Next.js is an open source digital productwith which anyone interested with programming notions can enter GitHub to access their code and make contributions.

The Xbox digital store has Tax support.  Photo: capture.


The Xbox digital store has Tax support. Photo: capture.

The Argentine platform includes most streaming services. In this area, the one that arouses the most interest among users is Netflix. But there are also options to know the final price of Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Prime Music, each one adjusted to their respective promotions.

Gamers also have their ally in Impuesto to calculate the price of the subscription to the Deluxe, Essential or Extra plans of PlayStation Plus; that of Xbox Game Pass, the Netflix of video games, in its Ultimate, PC or console options; and Switch Online, for Nintendo users. The service also appears in this category. EA Play Y apple arcade for manzanita devices.

To all this, Lucas Romero announced that his platform will provide support for stores to buy digital video games in Ubisoft Store, EA Origin, Battle Net, GOG and Dekudeals.

The developer of Impuesto also programmed an extension for Chrome browsers that calculates the price of video games in the Steam store.  Photo: capture.


The developer of Impuesto also programmed an extension for Chrome browsers that calculates the price of video games in the Steam store. Photo: capture.

Among other details, according to the developer, Impuesto users are usually between 25 and 35 years old, and 70% access the web app from mobile devices.

Currently, the financing of this web app comes from what it collects in cafecitoa collective financing platform focused on supporting content creators, NGOs or independent projects.

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