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Taxes charged on game time?

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Glini's Avatar

02.27.2013 , 11:40 AM | #1
just happened to look at my card statement and noticed that i had paid $15.89 for this last month, came to my account and see that they are charging tax on game time now.

AlaricSevGirl's Avatar

02.27.2013 , 11:41 AM | #2
Yes EA/BW is now charging tax on their products including subscriptions.

Esproc's Avatar

02.27.2013 , 12:06 PM | #3
Is this EA or just local State taxes added on?

My state charges Tax on all such products and transactions.

I also has laws against a company that protects against other 'taxes' that do commerce in the state and nationally.

And as EA has offices in my state ...
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CrazyCanukk's Avatar

02.27.2013 , 12:09 PM | #4
I get our 13% HST added on my sub as well.

video games and game time (subs) are considered a luxury item and not exempt from taxes. If they were not charging before it was most likely an oversight more then anything else.

Although tax law and trying to sort it out is muddy at best and confusing most of the time.

Rankyn's Avatar

02.27.2013 , 12:28 PM | #5
It's likely that one of two things changed since tax is a function of your government and not BioWare:

1) The place you live requires that it be collected. This may be a recent change or BioWare may be just now getting around to implementing it.

2) BioWare has decided to stop trying to figure out who does and does not require them to collect tax and just start charging it for everyone. Even in most places where they are not required to collect it, you as the consumer are still required to pay it to the government yourself.

chuixupu's Avatar

02.27.2013 , 02:21 PM | #6
Looking back at my entire payment history, it's always been the same for me. There may have been some changes tax laws for your state at some point.

All CC packs have all been the same for me as well.

I'm in California, btw.
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translucentwolf's Avatar

02.27.2013 , 02:50 PM | #7
Didn't used to pay tax. Noticed today that I paid tax for a cartel coin pack.
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02.27.2013 , 04:28 PM | #8
Time for another mother****nig tea party.
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02.27.2013 , 04:42 PM | #9 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
I was hoping to clear up some confusion on this issue. Subscriptions are subject to sales tax in some states, and sometimes states rules on how these taxes are applied can fluctuate from month to month. This could be the cause of the cost changes you noted above.

If you want to get more information on something like this you can view our Terms of Service or our FAQ, or call your state's Revenue Department.

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WestNileVirus's Avatar

04.19.2013 , 02:44 PM | #10
The rule of the interwebz goes, you do not have to pay taxes unless the company you are purchasing from's business address is in your state.