B.C. to start charging PST on streaming platforms like Netflix

British Columbians who use streaming platforms like Netflix will soon pay a little bit more for their binge sessions.

A measure in the province’s 2020 budget will require streaming providers and other “Canadian and foreign sellers of software and telecommunications services” to begin collecting seven per cent PST, so long as they’ve got annual B.C. revenues over $10,000.

That would mean an extra $8.39 per year in tax for a Netflix subscription.

“B.C. has had a sales tax in place since 1948 — that has not changed,” said the Ministry of Finance in a statement.

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