Briefing

Facebook misses January 1 deadline to collect Quebec sales tax

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Quebec said 76 international companies are complying with the new rule requiring them to collect sales tax in the province. Among them are Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google and Spotify. Facebook, however, has missed the compliance deadline. The social media giant has reportedly asked the province for an extension, and a spokesperson for the government said it expects the company to comply within weeks. (Globe and Mail)

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Talking point: In August 2018, my colleague Zane reported that Facebook and Instagram were opting to collect and remit taxes on ad sales made through its physical offices in Canada. The new Quebec rule is different in that it also addresses one-off sales made online. The province estimates it’s losing $270 million annually by not collecting sales tax from online vendors like Netflix, Amazon and Facebook—creating a disadvantage for local companies that do collect and remit sales tax.