Playstation to start charging sales tax in Illinois for Digital Purchases

Updated: Nov 13, 2019


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With recent changes to online sales tax laws in Illinois companies are starting to notify their users, Sony Playstation being one of them. Microsoft started charging sales tax on online purchases (except virtual currency) during previous console generations which came as no surprise to their userbase whom have deemed it "Micro$oft." The taxes are said to begin on October 1st, 2019.


Below is the email Sony sent out:

"Hello [user],


We are writing to inform you that PlayStation™Store will start collecting sales tax in your state on all digital goods (except virtual currency) starting October 1st, 2019. The sales tax charged on each order is determined by your state, county and city tax rates.

For additional information please visit: https://support.playstation.com/s/article/PlayStation-Store-Sales-Tax-Collection

Thank you, PlayStation Store"



As noted you can check out the Sony's site here on sales tax (also referenced below.) https://support.playstation.com/s/article/PlayStation-Store-Sales-Tax-Collection


Some Questions People Ask About PlayStation Sales and Taxes


Why has PlayStation® Store started charging sales tax?


In certain areas, states/provinces and local laws in the United States/Canada, require PlayStation® Store to collect applicable sales taxes. In order to comply with these laws, PlayStation® Store began collecting sales tax in certain states in the United States n April 2016 and will begin in certain provinces in Canada in Jan 2019. 


Are all products/services on PlayStation® Store taxable?


In those states in which PlayStation® Store collects sales tax, most products/services that are available to purchase from PlayStation® Store are taxable. PlayStation® Store began collecting sales tax in certain states in the United States in April 2016 and will begin in certain provinces in Canada in Jan 2019.


How is the sales tax calculated?

PlayStation® Store began collecting sales tax on its products/services in certain states in April 2016. The amount of sales tax charged on your order is dependent on various factors, including any applicable state, county, and city taxes. County and city taxes may vary from ZIP code to ZIP code.


Are purchases from all states taxable?

PlayStation® Store collects sales taxes on its products/services in certain states in the United States and provinces in Canada as required by local laws.


Can sales tax rate change occur?

Sales tax rates in the United States and Canada are subject to change at any time by state/province, county, and city taxing authorities. When tax-rate changes occur, PlayStation® Store collects sales tax based on the new sales tax rate in accordance with applicable laws, without any prior notification of the tax change.


Does PlayStation® Store collect other tax in addition to sales tax?

In certain areas, state/province in the United State and Canada and local laws require PlayStation® Store to collect applicable taxes separately from sales tax.







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