Taxes on Apple Watch straps are not surprisingly valid

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Apple could be forced to pay millions of pounds in extra taxes in the UK after losing a legal battle over whether its smartwatch straps are an accessory that should be taxed individually or part of the device.

Ending a months-long legal battle, a tax tribunal in London has ruled that the straps are “pieces of plastic” and an “accessory”, not part of the technology.

For years Apple has insisted the plastic straps, sold with its smartwatch but imported separately, are an integral part of the electronic product… More at The Telegraph.

This is not as obvious an argument as it may seem, but I can see how Apple lost this one. It won’t be a problem though, they prices will just go up, even higher.

4 thoughts on “Taxes on Apple Watch straps are not surprisingly valid

  1. It’s a first instance decision, and so could be appealed, as far as I know.

    And it applies only to plastic sports straps, so not the one in the picture here 🙂

    1. Would it not apply? Would have thought the one in the pic will get the full tax- not sure if it does already. Not good at research.

      1. “The ruling only applies to the plastic sports watch straps, and doesn’t affect patented bands.”

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