To answer that question, we need to know your state/contry.
Different locations, have different rules and taxes.
I am in IL, and this is new on my statement. Never had these before, and no email notification that new charges were being applied. I have submitted a ticket. The PWE portal really just shows that I have an active account, but does not show a billing history. I expanded the details, WTF. "INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTION FEE"
So it appears like this on my statment:
DDMMYY PWE Cyrptic Sub HOOFDORP 14.99
DDMMYY PWE Cyrptic Sub HOOFDORP
INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTION FEE .45
It's not a tax, international transaction fees are assessed either by the card processor or your bank with any transaction that involves a currency exchange.
The only real solution is to use an American Express card. Nobody anywhere accepts them anymore, but they're the only one of the major carriers that block ITF's.
Visa requires these fees to be disclosed if they're coming from the merchant, but not if they're coming from the processor or the bank (and since very, very few merchants actually do their own processing, that means that unless you're buying from Apple Visa allows them).
Gov. quin signed an internet tax law in 2011, it was ruled unconstitutional by a judge in cook county last year, and now we have a new law that charges a "sales tax" on retailers that have any presence in the state - be it a warehouse, large office, or rented bathroom stall.
Originally Posted by nolo.com
Note on Illinois Sales Tax Terminology
Along with the more common term ?sales tax,? Illinois?s tax laws frequently refer to the ?retailer?s occupation tax,? which in many ways is equivalent to sales tax. Further explanation of how ?sales tax? in Illinois is, in fact, a combination of several types of taxes is available on a page of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) website.