You simply cannot escape GST. And if you thought your virtual lives were safe from the new tax regime in the country, then you have something to worry about. Apple users relying on iCloud storage to keep all their photos and files secure will now have to shell out a higher amount owing to the new GST rules. GST is now applicable even on online storage services and as per Apple’s new notice, iCloud users will have to pay 18 percent more.
Apple has started sending out an email to iCloud users, informing them of the change. The new plans are applicable starting August 21 or the new billing cycle. As iCloud storage falls under electronic services, users will have to bear additional 18 percent tax on the same. The new prices, with the applicable GST rates, are not yet announced. It is unclear if Apple will bundle in GST as a part of the plan itself or charge GST separately, showing it as an additional tab. Apple might update the new prices closer to August 21 to keep users informed.
The email sent out by Apple to iCloud storage users reads, “starting August 21, there will be an 18% increase in your monthly iCloud storage plan due to a new tax on electronic services. Your 200 GB plan s monthly price will be increased from Rs 190 per month to Rs 220 per month. Your storage plan will automatically renew at Rs 220 and your credit card on file will be charged each month until you change or cancel your plan.” ALSO READ: Apple iPhone in 2018 might feature 7nm processor manufactured by Samsung: Report
As the email clearly states, the pricing of the Rs 190 per month plan increases by Rs 30 to Rs 220 per month. The rates of other plans are not mentioned. However, as per calculations, the most 50GB plan which costs Rs 65 will be priced at slightly over Rs 75. The highest plan offered by Apple, costing Rs 650 for 2TB storage monthly will increase to over Rs 750 with the 18 percent tax applied to it. The exact pricing will be known only once Apple updates the same on its website. ALSO READ: Gemalto unveils access management service to secure Cloud
Currently, Apple offers 5GB free storage to iCloud users and if users wish to use cloud storage for anything beyond that, they need to purchase a plan.Considering Apple is not the only provider offering cloud storage services in the country, it remains to be seen what changes and pricing plans do the other companies offer. So far, there has not been any official statement from the others nor has there been any hint as to a change in pricing. ALSO READ: Global Cloud compute services market to reach $68.4 billion in 2020: Gartner