1091 - Plus Tax

1st Apr 2016, 12:00 PM in 2016
Plus Tax
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Tim 1st Apr 2016, 12:00 PM edit delete
Tim
So yeh, over here in Canada, they don't include tax in any of the prices on the shelves, so if you just go by the labels, you won't actually know how much you're spending. I guess the theories are that consumers get to see exactly how much they're paying in tax (which could easily just be totalled up on the receipt rather than fucking over your mental arithmetic), and that there's different taxes in each province (which you'd have thought they'd just have different labels for different provinces rather than saving it for working out at the till).

The worst part is that it still applies even online, so even on websites you don't know how much you're spending until you get to the checkout page.

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Triforce of the Gods 2nd Apr 2016, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
Works the same way in the US. It's even worse than each state having different tax rates. Different cities have different tax rates. I wasn't aware Britain did it differently.
Tim 2nd Apr 2016, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
Tim
God damn. How do you people ever know the price of anything? In the UK, what's on the shelf label is what you pay - and whatever was tax is listed on your receipt after you've paid exactly what it said it said you would pay for it. Tax is just part of the price - not some dumb extra added on afterwards.
Triforce of the Gods 5th Apr 2016, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Correction: it's by county, not city. But yeah, you basically either just go off of the shelf price and just plan for it being slightly more, or you learn the tax rate and calculate it yourself.