Question About Avoiding Tax on 3DS eShop Titles

Discussion in '3DS - Games & Content' started by thaddius, Mar 27, 2013.

Mar 27, 2013
  1. thaddius
    OP

    Member thaddius Charmander is not pleased.

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Messages:
    1,328
    Country:
    Canada
    This might just be a question for all you Canadian tempers out there, but if there are countries that have different regions that get taxed at different rates I'd love to hear your input.

    I live in Ontario, Canada. Our Provincial and Federal tax rates total to 13%. Alberta has no Provincial tax rate and a Federal one of 5%.

    I'm wondering if any non-Albertan has, say, bought an eShop gift card, changed their region to Alberta, and successfully avoided paying provincial taxes on their games?

    The Northwest, Yukon, and Nunavut territories also only have a 5% tax rate, but no one would believe that I'm from there. :P
     
  2. Sychophantom

    Member Sychophantom I'm a plant.

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2008
    Messages:
    1,190
    Location:
    Born on the Bayou
    Country:
    United States
    Couldn't help you on Canada, but in the US some states don't have sales tax in the eShop.

    I'm guessing you can't have your 3DS region as America?
     
  3. dudenator

    Member dudenator King of the Carts

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2009
    Messages:
    471
    Location:
    Alberta
    Country:
    Canada
    I live in Ontario and set mine to Alberta long ago to avoid paying as much Tax.
     
    thaddius likes this.
  4. Ron

    Member Ron somehow a weeb now.

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2009
    Messages:
    2,837
    Location:
    here
    Country:
    Canada
    eShop cards are tied to the nation, not the province. For example, IIRC, Canadian cards won't work in the US eShop, but cards from Ontario will work for people in Alberta.

    As for me, I set my location to Alberta long ago, I'm in Toronto. It's kinda absurd how we're taxed twice for eShop games if you buy the cards. (Tax for cards + Tax for game)
     
    thaddius likes this.
  5. nukeboy95

    Member nukeboy95 Leave luck to heaven.

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Messages:
    2,273
    Location:
    not sure
    Country:
    United States
    tax fraud is a serious thing
     
    Snailface likes this.
  6. Snailface

    Member Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,324
    Location:
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    Country:
    Antarctica
    Prisoner1: What are you in for, mang?
    Prisoner2: [British accent] I swiped 45ยข from the the state, whilst buying a Nintendo game.
    Prisoner1: Damn n____, you hard!
     
  7. DaggerV

    Member DaggerV Archmagi of the Emerald Moon

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Messages:
    932
    Country:
    United States
    Was wondering why you'd want to skip out on small tax, but 13% can be a big hit.
     
  8. Chary

    Reporter Chary GBAtemp's #1 Naoto

    pip
    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2012
    Messages:
    3,092
    Location:
    Steins Gate World Line
    Country:
    United States
    /Oregon master race
     
  9. tkg21

    Newcomer tkg21 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Messages:
    24
    Country:
    Brazil
    so, we can hack into games, buy flashcarts, but no tax avoid? yeah, right...
     
  10. kirbymaster101

    Member kirbymaster101 GBAtemp Maniac

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,048
    Country:
    Canada
    You can tax avoid if you live in the U.S, as for Canada, changing to Alberta will give you the lowest tax. I still have no clue why Nintendthe E-Shop charges tax if PSN doesn't.
     
    thaddius likes this.
  11. marksteele

    Member marksteele GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Messages:
    805
    Country:
    Canada
    My theory is Nintendo hates Canadians.
     
  12. thaddius
    OP

    Member thaddius Charmander is not pleased.

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Messages:
    1,328
    Country:
    Canada
    Thank you, fellow Canadian tempers. I'll be 'moving' to Alberta then.
     

Share This Page