Come Thursday, your Spotify subscription comes with something new: sales tax

One of the many issues surrounding streaming music services is the subject of sales tax. Depending on where you live, foreign-based digital services ranging from iTunes to Spotify may not have been required to charge customers for years. That means foreign companies have been exempt from the same sales tax rules followed by domestic suppliers.

For Spotify, this perk will end on Thursday, July 1. This arrived in a lot of Canadian inboxes this weekend.

Hi,

We’re getting in touch to let you know about a change to your Spotify subscription. Starting July 1st, 2021, we’re required to apply the Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST or HST) to your monthly Spotify subscription payments. This tax will be applied automatically as of your next billing date after July 1st.

Your payment will be increased by no more than $2.40 CAD per month, depending on your Spotify subscription plan and Province.

You can manage your subscription and payment details from your account page. If you’d like more information, please see our FAQ.

Thanks for being a Spotify subscriber!

The Spotify team


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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