Ontario ‘s New 13% Harmonized Sales Tax

What It Will Mean To You

Next summer (2010) the Ontario Government is set to put into force its new harmonized GST/PST sales tax which will apply a 13% sales tax to everything we purchase. 
 

Things That Were Not Subject To The Current 8% PST Will Be Now Taxed

As a result, things that were not previously taxed under the current Ontario Provincial Sales Tax (
PST) will be taxed at 8%. 
 
The new 13% tax will therefore apply to things like your electric bill, your gas bill, your water bill, condominium fees, insurance premiums, and every other good and service you purchase. There are almost no exemptions.
 
The current Ontario PST tax does not apply to services, nor does it apply to the purchase of certain goods. The new 13% tax will therefore extend the old 8% PST tax rate to the purchase of all goods and all services. 
 

The New 13% Tax Will Apply To The Puchase of All New Homes

The new harmonized GST/PST will also apply to all purchases of all new homes.. If a person were to purchase a new $1 million dollar home in Toronto , they would have to pay roughly $200,000 in taxes as a result of the Ontario land transfer tax, the new city of toronto land transfer tax, and the new harmonized 13% GST/PST. 
 

Think about that and what that would do to real estate values in Toronto . 

 
It will cause property values to fall and kill the new home construction industry and the jobs it creates. 
 
And it won’t be long before you’ll hear our elected representatives telling us that, because of the harm that has been inflicted to the new home construction industry by the new 13% tax, it would be “fair” to extend the new 13% tax to sales of existing homes.
 

The New 13% Tax Is An Assault On Your Primary Residence

Canadians have had two things that they have always been able to count on as being tax free – things that they could use to save money and accumulate wealth. They are your: (a) primary home; and (b) RRSP. That’s it.
 
The extension of the new 13% GST/PST to homes is simply a tax assault by the government on your primary home. They want to tax your primary home and you will suffer because of it. 
 
Why? Because if a purchaser has to pay almost $200,000 in taxes to buy your $1 million dollar home, the purchaser is going to pay less to you for your home. The purchaser will reduce the amount he or she is willing to pay to you in order to pay all the taxes.
 

The New 13% Tax Will Effectively Raise Your Income Taxes

Currently, the combined Federal/Ontario income tax rates are roughly 25% on the first $20,000 of taxable income, 42% on the next $40,000 of taxable income, and 46.5% on each dollar of taxable income over $60,000. On top of that you have to add the “Fair Share Health Tax” of up to $1,000 each of us has to pay.
 
If the Ontario Government gets away with implementing their new harmonized GST/PST sales tax of 13%, the top effective income tax rates in Ontario will be as follows (since you can’t spend any of your tax paid dollars without paying the new harmonized 13% GST/PST tax):
 
38% on the first $20,000
53% on the next $40,000
59.5% on every dollar over $60,000
 
On top of that, you have to pay your Ontario Fair Share Health Tax, your city realty taxes, your city garbage fees, your city water fees, your city street parking permit fees, your annual Ontario and new city of toronto vehicle license plate fees, your Ontario land transfer tax, your new city of toronto land transfer tax, your gasoline taxes, your liquor taxes, your air departure taxes, your entertainment taxes, and so on.
 

OF ALL THE MONEY YOU WORKED HARD TO EARN, WHAT PERCENTAGE ARE YOU REALLY KEEPING FOR YOUR OWN USE?  25%? 20%? 10%? 

 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – FIGHT BACK

THIS HAS GOT TO STOP HERE OR WE WILL ALL SOON BE WORKING FULL TIME FOR THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT IN ONTARIO . 

 

YOU CAN ALREADY SEE HOW LIFESTYLES ARE DECLINING BECAUSE OF THE ENORMOUS TAX LOAD WE BEAR.
 
 

AS A RESULT, I URGE YOU TO TAKE THIS ISSUE SERIOUSLY AND TO FILL AND AND 
SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THE NEW HARMONIZED GST/PST TAX SET OUT BELOW.  

To sign a petition go to  www.unfairtaxgrab.com
 

IF WE DON’T WORK TOGETHER ON THIS ISSUE THE NEW HARMONIZED 13% SALES TAX WILL BECOME A REALITY NEXT SUMMER.

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About luisyork

Poli Sci graduate with an interest in International Relations and Development. View all posts by luisyork

2 responses to “Ontario ‘s New 13% Harmonized Sales Tax

  • tiemexoptelty

    Good point, though sometimes it’s hard to arrive to definite conclusions

  • luisyork

    It seems more and more people are starting to familiarize themselves with the Harmonized Sales Tax….well I should say that they are becoming aware of it, few still really understand its implications. Clearly there is not enough information being disclosed to the masses. It is up to us to find out all we can and make an informed decision when the times comes. Spread the word and say ‘NO’ to the HST. I will continue to do my best to keep you up to date on this important issue.

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