Yup, here in the UK we get shafted with that extra VAT charge being applied to the total on your card bill.
STO is the only mmo i play out of many p2p/f2p browser/client based etc that adds the extra VAT on, digital goods arent supposed to be taxable but dont tell cryptic.
On a side note, UK users can now use the buy-gift-code points options and pay in USD on paypal/card, you still get hit with the 20% tax but you end up being like 30p cheaper than buying in UK currency...
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