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Posted: Jul 21st 2009 3:12PM (Unverified) said

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Seriously... FAIL!

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 3:53PM Thac0 said

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I think we should just quit playing games

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 3:57PM LaughingTarget said

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Good luck on trying to collect on overseas citizens, morons.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 4:21PM Meagen said

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When people from Eastern Europe first started going abroad to work and sending the money back to their country, at first they had to pay taxes twice: once in whatever Western country they had their new job in, and once back home. The system in place simply assumed that people who gain money in one country will spend most of it in the same country (barring tourism). Eventually the system was adapted so people can now work abroad and pay taxes only once.

Something similar is bound to happen with taxing of online games, although it might take a while for all the countries on the Internet to get their laws up to speed.

Posted: Jul 24th 2009 2:17PM (Unverified) said

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Sweden is one of the most heavily taxed nations in the world. Currently the average tax burden is some 54-56%, with higher income brackets pushing above 70%. Now, while a far fetched scheme like this might sound ludicrous for even such a tax infested place, the issue at hand here is the question of proof. Innocent or guilty of tax evasion when advertising about selling your shiny character?

That's where the beauty of the Swedish system kicks in: when it comes to taxes, you are guilty until proven innocent by yourself. Yes, you read it correctly. A move worthy of Lex Luthor that in one fell swoop make any taxation - as long as passed - possible.

In other words, as a Swede you would be forced to prove that the character was not sold. And do not think you can avoid paying the tax - plus whatever fine they chose to add, and that fine is not limited by anything in practice - as you actually have to pay in advance then prove your innocence, which of course can take years.

WTS Swedish citizenship. Trade for US one acceptable.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 5:47PM Meurik said

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Seriously, this is just fucked up. And I live in this country. Maybe it's time to seriously consider emigrating and living as a Swedish citizen abroad instead. We've got a government in power, whose main intent is to control the populace in any way it can.

Not long ago, a new law named "FRA" was instituted by the government, which is essentially a nastier version of the US "Patriot Act". All citizens are allowed to be monitored and wiretapped at any time, even without being suspected of a crime. We're headed into a "1984 world".

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 6:13PM (Unverified) said

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Once again, someone wants to tax something that is agreed to have no value. You think anyone who plays WoW is going to pay any tax? Not going to happen. Blizzard says it has no real world value, and players agree to it. This attempt will fall flat very fast.

Posted: Jul 21st 2009 8:06PM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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If you read the articles you would notice that the law clearly says...

"if the internal currency can be exchanged to a valid legal means of payment."

Now, I believe WoW and it's ilk don't allow you sell gold for real cash. Of course if you sell your +10 Uber Sword of Pokiness on ebay for real cash then it should be taxed.

WoW won't be impacted much but games like SecondLife will really take a hit with this. Some people earn huge amounts of real life money in that game.

It all comes down to, can you get real money from it?
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Posted: Jul 22nd 2009 9:28AM Machinator said

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Jay, did you just ask and answer the same question?

"Some people earn huge amounts of real life money....

....can you get real money from it?"
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