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Google enforces the Play Store tax on apps that don’t get paid



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Google has tried to rebut criticism that it selectively enforces its 30 percent mobile app store tax, requiring that over 3 percent of apps that sell digital items without complying with them comply with the rules within a year .

The change follows lawsuits from “Fortnite” video game maker Epic Games last month, in which Google and Apple Inc were charged with anti-competitive behavior. Apps sold in the tech leaders̵

7; stores have to use their payment systems so they can collect some of the sales that developers refer to as tax. The companies defend the allegations.

App stores are a rapidly growing business as sales from Google search ads and Apple’s iPhone flatten.

According to Google, less than 3 percent of developers have sold digital goods with apps on the Play Store in the past 12 months, and nearly 97 percent are following payment system guidelines.

Dating app maker Match Group Inc is among the companies that have publicly stated that they will not pay Google’s 30 percent fee, which drops to 15 percent in subsequent years if it is a subscription service .