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[FYI] (Fwd) GNU/Linux taxed in Poland ?! (fwd)

Ich habe das seit langem befuerchtet. Allerdings haette ich eher 
damit gerechnet, dass diese Idee zuerst im BMF ausgebruetet wird ...


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Subject:        	GNU/Linux taxed in Poland ?! (fwd)
Date sent:      	Mon, 13 Nov 2000 14:00:32 +0100
From:           	Nils Lohner <lohner@ecf.teradyne.com>

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About month ago one of the local fiscal office in Poland has laid a
tax on some company in Poland which uses Linux servers and StarOffice
apllications. This information appeared in the past week in Polish
edition of Computerworld. AND THIS IS NOT A JOKE.

The fiscal office has treated GNU software as a DONATION for this
company with a price on the level of M$ Windows NT and M$ Office
prices. According to the Polish tax regulations this company must pay
about 30% (thirty percents) of these values now. So much.

Three weeks ago Computerlworld has asked Polish Treasury about 
an interpretation of a term of donation in case of GNU software.
Nobody from the Treasury replied yet.

Maybe this is a less problem for commercial Linux distros like 
RedHat, Mandrake, Suse, Caldera etc. because these product have 
small prices  and they can not be treated as donations but only as
expenses. I hope because there is still not clear issues concerns
prices of GPL, LGPL, Artistic, BSD licenses within the scope of Polish
tax regulations.

What in a case of Debian GNU/Linux servers?  I have some fears.

I am not sure but maybe some official letter from the Debian community
to the Polish Treasury may change something in their mind.

Greetings from Poland,

Mariusz Przygodzki

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