Internet retailer Kogan has announced the introduction of a world first tax on Internet Explorer 7 users. The 6.8 per cent charge came into effect last week and will increase by 0.1 per cent per month.


“But don't worry, unlike other taxes, we're making it easy to get around this one with a simple upgrade away from IE7,” the company announced on its blog.


The company defended the introduction of the tax, saying that it is simply too difficult to optimise for the antiquated browser.


“It’s not only costing us a huge amount, it’s affecting any business with an online presence, and costing the Internet economy millions.”


“Customers who enter our site using Internet Explorer 7 can avoid the impost by simply downloading an up-to-date browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera or even a more recent version of Internet Explorer.”