It's official - Ontario and BC Households Paying More Under HST

OTTAWA, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies today released a study measuring the impact of the HST, implemented July 1st, on households in Ontario and BC.

Among the findings are:

  • the HST, even with personal income tax relief, represents a net tax increase on average households in both provinces over time;
  • in the first year the average BC family can expect extra taxation, whereas the average Ontario family will see a tax reduction because Ontario has undertaken HST transition payments to families.;
  • the net per-family tax increase in BC is higher than that for Ontario, given that the Government of BC has provided much less personal income tax relief;
  • for both provinces the pure HST increase impacts low-income households more than high-income households.

The entire report can be viewed at:

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SOURCE Meighen Institute

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