Member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are likely to impose a value-added tax on software distributors when they import music and images through the Internet, OECD sources in Tokyo said Saturday.

While imported compact discs are taxed at customs, online distribution has been spared as it is difficult to track and tax.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.