Thursday, April 2, 2009

Harmonized Sales Tax for Ontarians

More taxes to come (Yipee Yahoo!)

Starting July 1, 2010 expect a harmonized sales tax. The McGuinty government announced it will harmonize the GST and PST, causing consumers to pay extra tax on a range of goods & services.

This will increase the costs associated with real estate transactions (legal fees, moving costs, commissions, home inspection fees), which we currently pay only 5% GST on.

And better yet, we will also be paying more for goods & services we use daily: gas, utilities, haircuts. This is in response to the economic downturn; in hopes of raking in an additional $3.5 billiion in annual revenue.

The good news?

- There will be three tax rebate cheques totalling $1,000 for families with household incomes of less than $160,000 and $300 for individuals who make less than $80,000 a year.

- Some basic goods will be exempt from the blended sales tax, such as children's clothing, books, diapers and new houses costing less than $400,000.


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