What gets taxed: PST-exempt goods and services to be subject to B.C.’s harmonized sales tax
• Residential fuels (electricity, natural gas) and heating.
• Basic cable TV and residential phones.
• All food products (only basic groceries will remain exempt under new tax).
• Non-prescription medication.
• Vitamins and dietary supplements.
• School supplies (books will continue to be exempt).
• Magazines and newspapers.
• Work-related safety equipment.
• Safety helmets, life jackets, first-aid kits.
• Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
• Energy conservation equipment (e.g., insulation, solar power equipment).
• Personal services such as hair care.
• Dry cleaning.
• Repair services for household appliances.
• Household maintenance such as renovations and painting.
• Real estate fees.
• Membership fees for health clubs.
• Movie and theatre tickets.
• Funeral services.
• Professional services such as accounting and home care.
• Airline fares within Canada.
I always thought it would be in the government's best long-term interest to have a healthy, safe, and educated population, and that taxation could be best used to promote behaviours that are good for us, and discourage things that are bad. Well done Gordo and friends: bikes, health clubs, safety equipment and school supplies - all subject to new taxes..
I wonder if a satellite dish for Tv is subject? What about ditching my home phone in order to get a cel? how about a woodstove?
here I go... spending $2500 to save $100 in taxes!
Edited to add: As someone mentioned above, I never, ever, expected a right-wing government to claim that raising taxes was good for the economy!