Stranger Things: Netflix and the challenge of tax in a digital world

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 1-Jul-19

The federal government has introduced laws in recent years that aim to ‘claw back’ revenue that international businesses such as Google and Netflix earn from Australian consumers and businesses. However, the laws’ effectiveness could be called in question in the case of Netflix; it is generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue in Australia, but that revenue is being booked by a company based in the Netherlands. A Netflix spokesperson notes that its financial practices comply with Australian and international tax laws. Roy Morgan has estimated that 11.3 million Australians were using Netflix in the three months to February.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, NETFLIX INTERNATIONAL BV, NETFLIX AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, ROY MORGAN LIMITED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

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