The base NPC Tax on a POCO in Empire is 10%, which you can bring down to 5% with rank V in “Customs Code Expertise”. I figure most casual PI players will get rank IV, leaving them with a 6% tax.
I configured my POCO with 0% Corporation Tax, allowing an Alliance Tax of 0%, and all the remaining Access to be based on standings. Neutral, Bad and Terrible standings were given a 3.5% tax rate, and Good and Excellent Standing was given 1.5% tax rate.
The show info on my own POCO displays (10 – Customs Code Expertise)%, which is what I was expecting.
The show info on my POCO from my Alt in another Corp but within the same alliance is showing (1.5 + 10 – Customs Code Expertise)%, which is not what I was expecting.
I figured on average the people using the POCO would pay around 9.5% tax in total, with me getting a small slice. I didn’t do this as a money spinner, and hopefully no one would be too offended with that approach.
The Interbus CO’s are set now with a 17% tax. Even though I have ranks in Customs Code Expertise, that doesn’t change the tax rate in the Show Info screen. Unless it is a bug, I assume that means if I want to use one of them, I will need to look at launching off the planet instead of going via CO.
Just looking around locally the tax rate other POCO’s are being set at is 10%. (The default.) Add the average NPC tax most people will be paying of 6%, and the price of using those will be 16%, near enough the same as Interbus.
It will be interesting to see how it all settles down. I’ve made around 5M in taxes on the 3 POCO I own so far, which I was surprised by to be honest. They might pay themselves back over time. Going forward I can see I am going to have to change my entire PI chain. In particular I am going to need to ensure on planets I don’t own the CO/POCO on, that I export T2/T3 products via launching, and not moving the T1 via CO to a central factory system as I generally do now.
I’m not expecting my POCO to get much attention, given their tax rates, location, and the planet types they are on. I do suspect overall PI will be less lucrative in Empire, possibly by a fair margin. I will about halve my volumes, and require a bit more effort to manage even that. At least the option is still there for me to dabble in it though.