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Apple to Collect 27% Commission for Third-party App Store Payment in the Netherlands

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Tech giant Apple unveiled that it will collect 27% commission in the existing 30% on payments made using third-party apps for dating apps in the Netherlands. But the new update wouldn’t affect the Dutch telecommunication law. While justifying the latest update, Apple says – 

“Consistent with the ACM’s order, dating apps that are granted an entitlement to link out or use a third-party in-app payment provider will pay Apple a commission on transactions. Apple will charge a 27% commission on the price paid by the user, net of value-added taxes. This reduced rate excludes value related to payment processing and related activities. Developers will be responsible for the collection and remittance of any applicable taxes, such as the Netherlands’ value-added tax (VAT), for sales processed by a third-party payment provider.” 

This marks Apple’s first comprehension to commission alternative app purchases in Dutch land. And also, Apple has specific rules to be followed to get things done promptly. Developers willing to choose alternative methods will have extra work to handle as the iPhone maker demands a monthly record of sales of digital commodities and various content via the app store in less than 15 business days. Then they will receive a bill and be required to pay the unsettled 27% commission to the company as written down in the document and couldn’t be erased in a matter of seconds. 

You might not ask why it’s been happening; perhaps you’d already know it. All of the terms are frozen under the lake with new regulations in the Netherlands completed with its industry scrutineer; in good terms, it has been classified as the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). The ACM has governed that the US tech company Apple has been allowing creators to use the app store to give out their applications to users to install the apps.

Howbeit, ACM advised Apple to enable the developers to provide alternative payment methods besides Apple’s built-in purchase category. Then comes the most controversial argument among the two goliaths. The heart of war of the Apple vs. Epic has been started from the seed sprouted back then somewhere. Perhaps, everyone might have an idea of Apple’s trial against Epic games, which put the first step for raising antitrust regulation nook and corner of the world.

One amongst many firms, Epic thought of withdrawing Apple’s in-app purchase system and wants it to be an optional payment system for the companies. The ACM menaced to fine Apple up to a maximum of 50 million euros per week ($57 million) if the company did not want to allow dating apps to compensate with alternative payment options. Apple never reclined from appealing the ACM ruling, although the company agreed to offer the entitlements.


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