What is Paddle? Why is my contribution taxed?

Why am I being charged by Paddle?

Paddle is our new payment processor, which now acts as our Merchant of Record. This saves us quite a bit of time and energy managing payment options from around the globe. As a small team, this ensures our engineers can spend more time improving our products rather than handling issues with multiple payment processors.


Why was tax added to my contribution?

Having a new payment processor, also means that we have to abide by Paddle's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). They do require a tax on goods and services depending on your local tax laws. When you contribute to Adblock Plus​, you are supporting the ad blocking service we provide and according to Paddle’s AUP, our ad blocking service falls within taxable parameters.



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