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article imageOntario Legislature passes 13 percent HST on July 1, 2010

By Andrew Moran     Dec 9, 2009 in Politics
Ontario legislators have passed the controversial 13 per cent Harmonized Sales Tax that will take affect starting on July 1, 2010.
The very unpopular Harmonized Sales Tax has passed the Ontario Legislature, which now take affect starting July 1, 2010 and will create a higher cost on every one in five items, according to the National Post. The HST will blend the 5 per cent GST and the 8 per cent PST.
Digital Journal reported last week that 84 per cent of Ontarians believe the HST is nothing more than a money grab with 75 per cent just downright disapproving of this latest tax.
The Canadian Press reports that Finance Minister Dwight Duncan told the legislature that the HST will lower costs for businesses, which will eventually lower prices for consumers, “Doing nothing is not an option (and) the status quo is just absolutely the wrong thing. This package will create jobs.” The Ontario government believes this HST will create 600,000 jobs in Ontario over the next 10 years.
Ontario Premier said in an interview in India that this tax could help Ontario come out of the recession and further added that most people know we’re in a different world right now and that the old one is not going to come back, “There are a number of things that we need to do to adjust to the new reality and secure a better future for our families, and one of those is to put in place a modern, competitive tax system.”
The bill will provide $15 billion in business and personal income tax cuts, according to the Toronto Sun. Ontario families could also be expecting a $1,000 rebate check to allow them to adjust to the HST. But for individuals who earn $80,000 or less, they will only receive $300, notes the Calgary Herald.
According to the site Dalton's Sales Tax (which urged people to sign a petition to overthrow the HST idea), many items will include an extra 8 percent tax, such as:
• gasoline/diesel
• natural gas
• cellphone charges
• lawyers' fees
• hair cuts
• tailoring
• plane fares
• taxi fares
• magazine subscriptions
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