Kobo Exec Challenges Amazon On Sales Tax In Canada

Amazon has been at the center of news for trying to avoid charging sales tax to consumers across the United States, and now their controversial stance is making waves in Canada.

In an interview with The Montreal Gazette, Daniel Budlovsky, VP of finance at Kobo, said that because of tax laws, residents of Quebec pay 15% sales tax on eBooks they buy from Kobo, but no sales tax on eBooks that they buy from Amazon.

“That should be atrociously viewed by the Canadian public,” he said. “And the Canadian government should look really closely, I think, at how resident taxpaying companies that employ Canadians … have to compete on an unlevel playing field.”

Budlovsky said that Kobo hopes that the Canadian government will change sales tax rules to help even the playing field.