The Trudeau government has examined how taxing Netflix

News 29 March, 2018
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    Boris Proulx

    Thursday, 29 march 2018 15:31

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    OTTAWA – The federal government has been to see how other developed countries have prompted Netflix, and other web giants, to charge the fees.

    Disclosure documents prepared in 2016 and 2017 for the minister of Heritage, Mélanie Joly, the list of options used by other governments to enforce their sales tax existing on-line services.

    It is to be noted that the rich countries studied collect these taxes on digital services, or at least the intention.

    “In recent years, several countries, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and the european Union, have implemented or proposed measures to ensure that foreign suppliers of digital content to collect sales taxes”, one can read in a document prepared by the officials in June 2016.

    In Quebec, the government Couillard has announced that the QST will be charged on services purchased online abroad, like Netflix, as soon as 2019.

    Despite this, Ottawa has quickly closed the door to the imposition of its tax, the GST, under the pretext that he did not want to increase the taxes of Canadians.

    This has angered the NDP, the Bloc quebecois and the parliamentary Group in quebec, on Wednesday.