Canadians haven't had to pay tax on PlayStation Store digital purchases due to a loophole, but this deal will soon be going away.
Can’t hide from the socialist overlords forever northern gamers... pidder padder 😒
Socialist Overlords? Feeling a bit over dramatic? Name a major country that you don't have to pay taxes on digital goods? Every European country I know of and Japan, America, Russia and Mexico all tax digital goods in some way.
The US does not have a national sales tax. Sales taxes are implemented at the local level. I have never had to pay tax on digital goods where I live. But yes, that "socialist overlord" nonsense is indeed overly dramatic.
It was a meh joke.
It just started here in Mexico not too long ago. First, it started with the paypal transferring system, then it got into gaming, which sucks because gaming in Mexico is a seriously expensive hobby with all things considered.
You know taxes are a scam when they’re taxing digital goods. Almosy every single service/prodcut/goods is taxed.
No kidding, our far left wanna be dictator is bring Canadians to our knees.
As world leaders go, Justin Trudeau is left of outright conservatism, but I would not call him "far left" at all—not even a leftist, really. Trudeau is "on the left" the same way that Joe Biden and AOC are both Democrats. They're labels, and they've lost their meaning. Far left would be people like Evo Morales or Luis Ignacio Lula De Silva. People might even say Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders, but that's really if you're just looking at North American politics and applying it to Corbyn.
Off topic, politicians have fooled so many. They have many arguing over the most ridiculous things that are not even politically related. Stop. The taxes were eventually going to come. You guys ae lucky you aren't paying a Value Added Tax around 19% like in Germany.
C'mon that is dumb
Canada, land of the TAX!!! (I’m Canadian and sick of all this tax, tax, tax.) 13% on everything were I am.
As an American that is now becoming a Canadian, I have no problem with the taxes. Free health care is awesome and has been great in my experience.
You get what you pay for. I've heard a lot of Canadians say the health care although free is pretty awful.
@smokinaces Our healthcare is amazing...
Not my experience at all. 2 family members with cancer. Immediate treatment and both in remission. Good friend a persistent sore throat, right in to see a doctor then specialist. General doc appointment quick and easy
@Storm23 Some struggle to appreciate the value of something unless it's excluded from others.
Not in BC. It is completely free. The NDP made it that way...And that sucks for your friend. Hasn't ben my experience at all.
Ya get in line buddy , you'll be waiting months for a simple MRI.
Last year, my neighbor turned their knee really badly chopping wood and got an MRI the next week.
It is not free. Those doctors and nurses don't work for free. The equipment they use isn't free. The costs to keep hospitals running isn't free. Tax money coming from tax payer pockets pays for these things Now I'm not saying that is a good or bad thing. That is debatable. But it isn't free.
Be glad not to have to remortgage your house when you get sick. 😉😉
UK is 20% think yourself lucky
In Sweden, we pay like 30% income tax and another 20% on goods minus alcohol, tobacco and gas wich is more.
13 is this a joke? In germany we pay 19%
Don't forget carbon tax
You guys realize that they have to charge tax anywhere they have a actual store. I wasn’t paying taxes on PSN for years in Houston Texas. Then bam, taxes. Sony has a actually place somewhere out there now apparently.
The senders address on my PS4 camera adapter was somewhere in Texas
Then let's hope they don't put a store in Alaska so that I as a European can continue to get more decent prices at $60 XD (70 - 80 euros in Europe is insane)
It depends on the state. I can buy digital content on GameStop right now tax free.
Nobody like taxes but it was unfair to other business model that has to charge you taxes in Canada! Also I don't hear a lot ppl crying when Trudeau was handing 2000$ monthly with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
You're still taxed on the CERB and CERB covered the Canadians that were working who lost their job due to COVID not every Canadian got the CERB.
Still the 70% left in your pocket from the CERB came from the government and yes not everyone got to have it but it was still a popular benefit that helped a lot of Canadian and that unfortunately cost money that will need to be repaid at some point in time.
Oh yeah when you got it there were people who waited close to three months to get their CERB you make it sound like here is a bag of cash use it. That 70% in your pocket didn't leave much for people after bills, food, rent not sure where your rainbows and unicorns come from but in the real world 2k a month does not get you far. There are people losing their jobs being forced to close their business while a store like Wal Mart, Home Depot, Canadian Tire are open even if the small business is selling essential stuff and taking proper measures to protect their customers. A new tax is the last thing any Canadian or anybody wants to hear especially if it's on a cheap form of entertainment like a video game or a movie. That cheap form of entertainment maybe the only smile that person has left at the end of the day. The new tax is not even covering the bill for the CERB then new tax is for childcare kind of useless to have a tax on something when people are not working and looking after their own children at home.
"There are people losing their jobs being forced to close their business while a store like Wal Mart, Home Depot, Canadian Tire are open even if the small business is selling essential stuff and taking proper measures to protect their customers." And please tell me where in Canada is located the Sony Playstation Store? Oh yeah not in Canada But hey the little store that is closing is forced to charge you the tax at the moment, not in 2021. So perhaps by charging the tax, ppl would instead go to the local game store to buy the game and help the local store instead of trying to save a couple of $. And as for the CERB, I agree that is not a lot but the point still remain, that money (along with other programs) came from a credit line and we are the biggest spender at the moment https://www.wsj.com/article... And like all credit lines at some point, you have to pay.
Like I said the last thing you want to hear is a new tax who's to say 2021 is not going to be as miserable as 2020. As for where the Sony store is I don't care the Liberals whom I am assuming you're backing up should wait for things to go back to normal and where people are working before they drop a new tax bomb on people. As for buying games yes I will go to the store to save a few bucks whether a pawnshop, Best Buy, even mom and pop shop. I prefer physical media over digital media I can usually find the game cheaper on sale whether used or new digital drops but not by much. I will continue to buy blu rays and games to avoid paying for a useless tax where people are not working and looking after their own kids. Trudeau fans follow him blindly he breaks the law keeps his job the guy is a friggin idiot who dances around the questions. I'll leave you to pay the tax and follow Trudeau pretty sure you'll vote for him again and we will have another 4 years of hell with that idiot and his Liberal party.
@Pete tax money is the people's money not the government's. So tax money comes from the people. And people have to repay themselves.
100% agree :) The why I say I don't like it but I understand and agree with it (just like I don't like paying credit card at the end of the month :))
Was good while it lasted...no regrets over getting digital ps5 tho
Well i only started paying for games full price digitally this year due to the pandemic closing EB that had all my pre orders. Back to buying physical. Hopefully the preorder deals start back up again at walmart and amazon.
Games cost $80 without tax now if they decide to raise the price of games $10 we'll be looking at $100 games. That'll be tough times.
PS5 and Series X games are $89.99 plus tax, that's why I went with Gamepass. I'll pick up a PS5 when there are a bunch of exclusives on deep discount.
We're probably gonna have to pay tax on PS Plus, Now and Xbox subscriptions
@toobsteak definitely for PS Plus, MS has been charging sales tax for years
Ooof. Thats gotta hurt. Glad I stuck with the physical this gen too and dont live in Canada.
Gonna have to buy and pre-order up some stuff before that happens
Just pushes me away form digital sales even more you can thank Trudeau and his half assed Liberal government for this one all we need now is even more taxes. Carbon tax is a joke, GST is stupid, some Provinces pay PST and HST on top of the GST where I live no HST or PST for now. I see cigarettes and a case of beer going up even more in price after this news on new taxes.
*deep breath*..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOoOoo OooOoOOOOOOOooO!!! *birds scatter outside*
Well in the US there is a way around it when you purchase digital items. I don't know if it will work on the PS store, but in Steam, Blizzard,Nintendo eshop, etc it works. You can buy a prepaid Steam, Blizzard or even a Visa, MC etc prepaid card. (The prepaid cards from Visa, MC, AMEX do have a fee that's the only issue) After that you just simply change your address to a state with no sales tax and you can use a fake name. I pick Delaware. So for example say a Nintendo eshop game costs $19.99 well that's all I will pay using my methods :D I been doing this for years, never had any issues.
The Canadian government recently announced that they're going to tax ALL digital products and services so I'm not surprised by this news. Not only the PS Store be subject to this new law, but so will all streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, CBS, etc. As for being overly taxed, well, I'd rather be in that situation than having to fork over hundreds of dollars every month for healthcare. Our system may be far from perfect but I certainly wouldn't want to be living in the US right now, knowing that I have to choose between buying the medication I desperately need or going to the doctor, and putting food on the table.
You do pay hundreds of dollars per month already? (Assuming 10% of your pay is in the hundreds) I pay 68 a month for myself 30 for my wife and if we had children it would be another 60 no matter the number of kids. My prescriptions are 5 dollars and had my ACL repaired last year without having to wait or pay anything ridiculous out of pocket. So healthcare in the US isn’t expensive at all(if you have a (decent)job)
Tax these over greedy money hungry Corporations they all have record profits this year yet prices are going up for customers like WTF
I love paying $100.00 for games! And people wonder why people are playing fewer games but for longer amounts of time. The rise of f2p multiplayer (Apex, fortnite, etc...) games and games as a service games (destiny, warfare, etc...) is no surprise. I feel priced out of the market. I almost have no incentive to play single player games at release. I always pick them up later heavily discounted. I want to try a lot of games, but it is just too expensive to experiment. I know some people are opposed to things like gamepass, but there is a serious value proposition being presented by things like that. And really high game prices are pushing a lot of people in that direction.
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