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I read quite a bit and have the Amazon Unlimited book plan.  Yesterday I ordered a book that was not "Unlimited" so had to pay the purchase price of $5.99.  I was surprised to see an additional tax added of 50 cents.  So I ask google "why is amazon adding tax if i live in the Philippines".  Turns out that <snip>Currently, online sales of goods and services are subject to VAT if conducted or rendered in the Philippines.<end snip>

 

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12 hours ago, Mike J said:

I read quite a bit and have the Amazon Unlimited book plan.  Yesterday I ordered a book that was not "Unlimited" so had to pay the purchase price of $5.99.  I was surprised to see an additional tax added of 50 cents.  So I ask google "why is amazon adding tax if i live in the Philippines".  Turns out that <snip>Currently, online sales of goods and services are subject to VAT if conducted or rendered in the Philippines.<end snip>

 

I doubt that this is correct.  This is a digital purchase?  Amazon has the ability to collect state sales tax (and maybe local tax too?) on purchases but I highly doubt that they would charge Philippines VAT and then credit Philippines BIR.  The last time I bought an Amazon digital book was 2021 and I was not charged any tax.  50 / 5.99 = 8.34%.  Sounds like a state sales tax.

Look at your invoice.  It might have the detail of the tax.

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