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The GST for Ontario can be confusing. Here is an article that may help you to make dollars or sense of it.

The Ontario HST: Compilation compliments of Will Lenssen, Sales Representative, HomeLife Realty (Guelph) Limited


The goods and services listed immediately below were not taxed under the provincial sales tax (known as the Retail Sales Tax) but are now subject to the HST making them 8% more expensive since the HST law is passed in July, 2010.  Hopefully this review expands your knowledge of the issues.  The following is taken from the web site:

What is the HST?    Read the following from the National Post: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2009/03/25/what-the-is-sales-tax-harmonization.aspx

Here are some more articles/topics from the NDP site: Unfair Tax Grab: http://www.unfairtaxgrab.com/facts.html

What can/will be taxed?      

  • Gasoline
  • Utilities (heating/hydro/natural gas)
  • Internet bills
  • Prepared foods under $4 (e.g., coffee and doughnut)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Adult footwear under $30
  • Admissions under $4 (e.g., pool)
  • Veterinary care
  • Personal services (e.g., hair stylist, massage)
  • Professional services (e.g., legal, accountant, mutual fund fees)
  • Membership fees (e.g., gym)
  • New homes over $400,000
  • Real estate commissions
  • Commercial property rentals
  • Landscaping
  • Vitamins
  • Postal stamps and courier fees
  • Green fees
  • Most admissions to live theatres
  • Taxi fares
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Dry cleaning
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Funeral costs
  • Labour costs related to home renovation
  • Motor vehicle services (towing, car washing)
  • Ice rink rental
  • Hotels (tax rising from 5% to 8%)
  • Overnight summer camps (tax rising from 3% to 8%)
  • Campgrounds
  • Domestic air, rail, and commercial bus tickets

HST in the News

·         Windsor Star: Dwight Duncan and Sandra Pupatello defend the HST
Read article here http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Dwight+Duncan+Sandra+Pupatello+defend/2119119/story.html

Will the proposed income tax reductions be enough to offset what the HST will cost consumers?

·         Peterborough Examiner: HST - How much will it cost you? Here are some detailed examples. Read article here http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1775989

·         Small business and the potential for an underground economy

·         The Charleton: Carlton University Paper: What about students? Good or Bad? Read the following:

http://www.charlatan.ca/drupal/content/hst-will-hit-students-hard-ndp-says

·          Northern Communities because of distance to travel for anything and for fuel in colder climates

·         Condo Maintenance and Operational Fees

·         Farmers and subsequent food costs

·         Toronto Sun: Liberal HST will sour real estate market
Read article here http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/connie_woodcock/2009/09/27/11143551-sun.html

·         Blended tax will hike Condo Fees indirectly via HST on items such as Utility costs. In response:  Revenue Minister John Wilkinson was not available {yesterday}, but his press secretary, Leslie Donaldson, said tax reform means 93 per cent of Ontarians will pay less income tax starting next year.    http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/681126

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