With new Indian tax reform in place, popular messaging and chat service, Skype will be required to impose Goods and Services Tax (GST), in effect from July 1. However, Indian customers purchasing any Skype-branded products will get revised rates post August 1. Microsoft is said to delay the effective tax imposition, and will bear the GST expenses till then. Also Read - Windows 11 will improve multi-monitor workflow; here's howAlso Read - Windows 11 download link: Beware! Do not install the Windows 11 test build gone viral
Microsoft has announced that subscription rates on Skype will go up as 18 percent GST comes into effect. So a Rs 22.60 subscription plan will be revised to Rs 26.67 post August 1. Notably, GST is not charged when you make in-app purchases such as buy or transfer Skype Credit. The revised GST-inclusive rates are applied when you use Skype Credit to make calls, send SMS, use Skype Wi-Fi, or any other paid Skype service. Also Read - Cyberpunk 2077 back on Sony's PlayStation Store, with a special warning for PS4 owners
Skype Pay As You Go rates are inclusive of taxes, and a slight increase in the rates will be noticed after the revised rates kick in. The chat service also lets you cancel your subscription before August 1, if you do not find yourself aligned with the new rate structure. ALSO READ: Aadhaar integration in Microsoft s Skype Lite app goes live; here s how it works
Microsoft recently introduced Skype Lite with Aadhaar integration in India. Skype Lite, a scaled down version of regular Skype app, is made for low-end Android smartphones with a focus on the Indian market. Aadhaar-based verification within the Skype Lite app makes communication more secure between verified app users.