The PlayStation Network started charging sales tax for purchases made in select states in April 2016. Now, emails are going out telling affected players that this coming April, the number of states is expanding. On April 1, 2017, all PlayStation Store purchases will be taxed. (No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.)
Quoting said PlayStation Network email, “We are writing to inform you that PlayStation Store, including all services such as PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, and PlayStation Music, will start collecting tax in your state starting April 1, 2017. The sales tax charged on each order is determined by your state, country and city tax rates.” According to NeoGAF, some people from Alabama, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington received the notice.
Digital purchases have been historically tax-free, but it seems like a bit of a crackdown is steadily leaking out for these kinds of transactions. The email only appears to be going out to whoever the new taxes apply to, so keep your eyes on your junk inbox.