Apple Store - Tax in Canada?

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  1. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

    zw-gator

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    I'm considering buying a MacBook; I know the apple store has free shipping, but do they charge tax on your purchase?

    I got up to the "Select Payment Method" and there has been no mention of tax :confused:
     
  2. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you will be charged 5% GST plus whatever your provincial tax is.
     
  3. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    yup, you get charged tax. Sorry to disappoint you haha
     
  4. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    well in Ontario
    im pretty sure
    you just multiply the cost by
    1.13 and that should give you the price including taxes
     
  5. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    Tax will be charged. Shows up on your confirmation email in this format:
    Subtotal $119.00
    G.S.T./H.S.T. $7.14
    P.S.T./Q.S.T. $9.52


    Total Price CAD
    $135.66
     
  6. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    As a ex-Canuck I had to snicker at the the thread title..."Tax in Canada?"...what isn't taxed in Canada? :D

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
  7. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    Amounts that are not taxed:
    " * any GST/HST credit or Canada Child Tax Benefit payments, as well as those from related provincial and territorial programs;
    * child assistance payments and the supplement for handicapped children paid by the province of Quebec;
    * compensation received from a province or territory if you were a victim of a criminal act or a motor vehicle accident;
    * lottery winnings;
    * most gifts and inheritances;
    * amounts paid by Canada or an ally (if the amount is not taxable in that country) for disability or death due to war service;
    * most amounts received from a life insurance policy following someone's death..."

    For more information see: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/rprtng-ncm/nttxd-eng.html
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    That's something that should definitely be taxed—heavily.
     
  9. zw-gator thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with that!

    Anyway, I kinda figured that tax would be charged, I was just wishing that it wouldn't so I could upgrade.... 13% tax is a killer :mad: :D
     
  10. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    Cross the border, pay 4% tax at a US apple store, come back, get it passed through customs as a gift :D
     
  11. zunairryk macrumors regular

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    u could hv done that when candian dollar was same as U.S like a year ago i think, but its not worth it now, bc u will end up paying more canadian dollars if u buy frm U.S as compare to buying from Canada.
     
  12. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says.....gifts are *not* exempt from taxes at the border coming into Canada. You may get away with small items but for a $3000 computer (that's about $4000cdn these days) they'll charge the gst and pst...don't declare it and it'll be confiscated....oh yeah!
     
  13. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    confiscated, OH YEAH !!:D now that would suck
     
  14. Neebee macrumors 6502a

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    First purchase via iTunes

    I just made my first purchase via iTunes Store. I have received a couple of gift cards.

    I noticed I was charged tax. The tax amount equals to about 12%. The app is $2.99 tax is $0.36 and $3.35 for the final total.

    I did not receive an email from Apple regarding the purchase. I am in BC so either GST should be charged or both PST and GST.

    Furthermore, by Federal Law, the merchant or business MUST quote their GST registration number on the bill of sale or invoice otherwise there is no way the consumer knows that the merchant is in fact forwarding the GST to the Feds. I imagine Apple is doing this, but there is no proof.
     
  15. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    Why the lottery is already a tax. You don't win then there goes your money with nothing to show straight into the governments bank account. Sounds like a tax to me.
     

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