About 80 per cent of items taxed under the HST were already taxed under GST and PST.
If we return to a PST, the government will have to hire people to administer the tax and that will cost the taxpayer several million dollars per year.
The money has to come from somewhere to pay for all the services we all want – it will either be a sales tax or increases in personal and/or business tax.
None of us have any say over our personal income tax or business tax but we have some control over a direct sales tax (HST). We can forgo some of our cappuccinos, not buy the new TV we have been eyeing, dye our hair ourselves instead of visiting the hair dresser, etc. You get the drift.
Only honest people pay income tax or even business tax. We have a lot of criminal activities going on in our society – those people do not pay either personal or business tax. Why are we always penalizing those that are paying personal and/or business tax already? Let’s get some money back from those that through illegal acts or cheating and lying don’t pay their share.
The only way to get some money from them is through a direct sales tax which they have to pay whenever they get their coffee, buy a fancy car or stereo equipment, etc.
If anything, let’s dramatically lower the personal income tax and increase the HST to 20 per cent. Give the honest folks a break for a change.
Doris Darvasi, Surrey