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Don't buy MS Points cards at Loblaws


By Blackwalt - Posted on 03 March 2015

I thought I was being smart using my PC Points until...

    Me: "Wait? Why are you charging me more than $40 for the MS Cards?"

    Them: "Taxes."

    Me: "Umm, they are gift cards. You shouldn't be charging taxes on gift cards. I will being paying taxes when I use them on my Xbox."

    Them: (after checking with a manager) "No that's the price."

So, I did get them to understand that they shouldn't be charging taxes, however I could not get them to not charge taxes.

And while I will still buy groceries at Loblaws I think I have given up on their electronics department.

They are training me to shop elsewhere.

Stavr0's picture

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/gl/p-202/p-202-e.html
"For the purposes of this Part, the issuance or sale of a gift certificate for consideration shall be deemed not to be a supply and, when given as consideration for a supply of property or a service, the gift certificate shall be deemed to be money."

http://www.sse.gov.on.ca/mcs/en/Pages/Consumer_Alert_Gift_Card_Taxes.aspx
"Consumer Alert – Gift Cards - Retailers Charging Sales Taxes

Retailers must not charge consumers the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) when selling gift cards.

HST only applies on goods or services when purchased using the gift card as a payment option.

The Ministry of Consumer Services advises consumers to check their gift card receipts to ensure they are not charged HST when buying gift cards."

Source: http://www.thehstblog.com/2010/06/articles/hst-general/gift-certificates...

EDIT: Some people are complaining about the same thing at Future Shop

In short, looks like MS-Points will be double-taxed. So keep all your receipts so you can claim a reimbursement when they finally fix this.

Akuf's picture

Yes
It is supposed to be considered a gift card since "cash for cash"

I think where the confusion starts was the original point system.

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