Oklahoma proposes new games tax

New bill wants any game rated above Teen to see an extra 1 per cent

Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller has introduced a bill to introduce extra taxes on games rated teen or higher.

Bill HB 2696 wants a 1 per cent rise in tax on games rated by the ESRB as Teen, Mature or Adults Only. According the bill, that money would then go towards programmes combatting bullying and obesity in children.

The bill describes the situation as an emergency.

"It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval."

If passed, HB 2696 would come into effect July 1.

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James Wells Gaming Contributor - 8 years ago
This is absolutely ridiculous, and it's Oklahoma, so of course it will pass.
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Pablo Dopico Client Partner Console & MMO Gaming - EMEA, Facebook8 years ago
I agree that child obesity and bullying are major issues that a healthy society should do its best to get rid of. I fail to see where is the exact link between videogames and those, though. Education on moral and social values, as well as good eating habits is the answer, not taxing something completely unrelated. It'd be more effective to raise taxes 1% to parents of bullies, or to establish stricter food standards. Otherwise we'll end up taxing office supply stores because there is too many people that write suicide notes - and suicides cost a lot of taxpayer's money!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
This is nothing more than pandering for votes. "Look, I'm trying to help the for me."

Thankfully parents/voters usually see right through such blatant tactics.
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus8 years ago
@James - Oklahoma's house is very Republican, and this is a Democrat. I don't see this going far.
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Andrew Coleman Indie game developer 8 years ago
Oh boy, a sin tax for video games. Excuse me while I vomit.
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