Why the Netflix Tax will flop and how to bypass it

avatr Mana News editor Joe Trinder


The government is taking a close look at imposing GST online digital purchases, The problem is the government simply lacks an understanding of technology the Netflix tax is simple to bypass legally. 

I have Netflix and I wont be  paying GST after this law is passed not because I avoid paying taxes its because I use VPN  Virtual Private Network. This is a tunnel through the internet to North America. The reason I use a private network is because it protects my data from being intercepted by the GCSB mass surveillance facility in Takapuna, where optic sensors connected to the southern cross cable are intercepting our metadata.

I also use Hola a browser plugin for Google Chrome browser, this plugin sets my browser IP address in the United States, As my Netflix account is registered in the United States I wont be detected as a New Zealand customer. The Hola plugin doesn’t delay or disrupt the quality of the streaming broadcast.


If the National government was serious about tax revenue that can’t be bypassed with a simple browser plugin it would look at a Robin Hood financial transactions tax like the “Hone Heke Tax”.

Of course the government would be reluctant to establish financial transactions tax when the Prime Minister is a former derivatives trader.

The Hone Heke Tax, a tiny tax on bank transactions that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and to tackle poverty and abolish GST.

The Hone Heke Tax can’t be bypassed with a web browser plugin although the Australian owned Banks would complain a financial transactions tax would be complicated.

  • Andrew

    “because it protects my data from being intercepted by the GCSB mass surveillance facility in Takapuna”

    No it doesn’t. Your data still travels over the same internet, its just encrypted and anonymized. They can still intercept it, but they will have a job on their hands decrypting it. Not that they would want to anyway.

  • neku

    You should not be using Hola. Read more here: http://adios-hola.org/index.html#problem_tracking

    It is insecure, exploitable and could potentially land someone in legal hot water. I’d recommend just spending the money on a legitimate VPN instead – a free VPN provider is more likely to have poor security and will probably log your activities and sell those logs to advertising companies, etcetera.

  • Sam

    I’ll make it simple for you two. Any country that will not extradite Edward Snowden care so little about copywrite protection the data is pretty safe because you have to pull IP addresses from a parent server to match time stamps.

    Hola is technically encrypted as far as they have no parent servers but rely on the community for data storage. There are no time stamps on Hola. Prosecuting under such circumstances is the same as saying all Germans should be prosecuted for nazi war crimes until the end of time. It kind of flys in the face of our data should be deleted.