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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 03:38 PM   #1
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Quick Question,

When purchasing a song from iTunes, do you pay GST and PST???

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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 03:43 PM   #2
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No; I've wondered how they manage that.
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 03:46 PM   #3
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Either you're not paying it, or it's included in the price. Either way, they've pulled off an impressive feat.
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I think that because the service is based in the US they are under no obligation to charge Canadian sales taxes. Being based in northern California they would only need to charge state sales tax to people from California (anyone from out of state would be exempt).
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I think that because the service is based in the US they are under no obligation to charge Canadian sales taxes. Being based in northern California they would only need to charge state sales tax to people from California (anyone from out of state would be exempt).
Technically, US vendors selling regularly to Canadian customers are supposed to collect the GST. But I believe that Canadian law is currently making an exception for online sales--though some companies, like Adobe, do indeed charge the tax.
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I'm not sure, but it may have something to do with whether there is a physical item being shipped. I don't know if this is just because Customs sees it if it is physical and not if it's digital, or if there simply is a reason not to charge tax on the digital stuff.

On the subject of ITMS, according to Apple ( http://www.apple.com/ca/support/itun.../policies.html )

The iTunes Music Store endeavours to offer you competitive prices on current selections. Your total price will include the price of the product plus any applicable sales taxes, including GST/HST, QST and/or provincial retail sales tax (in effect on the day of download).

So, I take that to mean that Apple has collected and remitted the proper taxes and I'm not responsible for remitting them.
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 06:31 PM   #7
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iTunes does not charge GST or PST for online sales, but retailers (Future Shop, London Drugs, etc.) do charge it on the prepaid cards. Interesting to note that Puretracks does charge GST for online sales.
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The iTunes Music Store endeavours to offer you competitive prices on current selections. Your total price will include the price of the product plus any applicable sales taxes, including GST/HST, QST and/or provincial retail sales tax (in effect on the day of download).
You're kidding, so whoever is buying the prepaid cards are getting double taxed, I knew it. I did buy two $20 prepaid cards, one for myself as a novelty item and one to my friend with an iPod Shuffle I gave for her birthday, so I guess I paid $17.54 for the card, $2.46 on taxes, then another $2.80 in taxes to the retailer. That's ludicris, just like the rapper.
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When I purchased $100 in pre-paid iTunes gift cards at Christmas all I paid was $100. Not sure if it is only CompuSmart but I didn't pay any tax on the purchase.
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iTunes does not charge GST or PST for online sales, but retailers (Future Shop, London Drugs, etc.) do charge it on the prepaid cards.
I bought a prepaid card from the Apple Store, Yorkdale as a Christmas present and I'm 99.9% sure I was not charged any tax. Someone wanna drop in or call the Apple Store to confirm this?
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