Downloads to cost more
The problem-haired joybringer George Osborne is bringing in new laws making sure that internet downloads are taxed in the country they are purchased.
This means, that Apple and Amazon will have to charge the UK's 20% rate of VAT. The current situation they are allowed to sell digital downloads via places like Luxembourg, where the tax rate is as low as 3%.
This will affect books, music and apps and comes in from January 1 2015.
His budget document said:
"As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue."
2013 saw singles ales at their highest for years, so after 2015 consumers are going to go the extra to obtain their music. Or maybe they'll not bother and riot instead.