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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Tax Harmonization next big tax grab , one of biggest ever Reply with quote

Harmonization next big tax grab
Posted By CHRISTINA BLIZZARD
Posted 5 days ago


George Ashe is so disturbed by the provincial government's so-called plan to "harmonize" the federal goods and services tax and the provincial sales tax that he called me recently.

He knows what he's talking about. Ashe was revenue minister in Bill Davis' Progressive Conservative government in 1981.

Back then, he asked senior staff to look at the impact of expanding the PST to a wide range of services such as those on whcih we now pay the 5% GST (This was before the GST was introduced federally in 1991).

The report that came back said the effect of expanding the PST to a similar base to that covered by the GST -- with similar exemptions, such as children's clothing -- would have the effect of expanding the sales tax by two points.

It would have been the biggest tax grab in history, Ashe recalls. The report never came to cabinet. The idea would have been outrageous and was promptly dismissed.

It's a fascinating perspective.

Now we have a Liberal government that introduced what we thought was the biggest tax grab in history -- the so-called health premium -- in its first budget of 2004. And we forgot and forgave them in the faith-based funding feeding frenzy of the 2007 election.

Now they're set to harmonize the taxes, a move the Ontario Chamber of Commerce estimates will cost consumers $905 million in additional taxes.

Everything for which you pay GST but not PST will cost you 8% more. Haircuts. Gas. Lawyers' fees. And vice versa.

Before the 2003 election, Premier Dalton McGuinty said you wouldn't be paying "one cent more" in taxes. Then he brought in the health tax (oops, premium), which cost taxpayers an estimated $1 billion.

Now he's hiking (oops, harmonizing) your taxes for almost $1 billion more.


The Liberals want to convince you that it's going to be a wash. It won't be.

In July 2010, we'll pay 13% on almost everything. They say they're offering $10.6 billion in tax relief over the next three years. Mark my words, the $1,000 they're offering is a bribe -- with your own money. It will simply mask the effects of this for one year.

One of the biggest costs homeowners will notice is the PST on home heating fuel.

The construction industry estimates it will add an extra $46,000 to the price of a new home priced at $580,000.

The Ontario Real Estate Association says it will add more than $2,000 to the cost of a real estate transaction. This at a time when that industry has been hard hit by the economic downturn.

Back when Ashe was in cabinet, taxpayers demanded value for money. They expected their governments to balance the books and hold the line on public-sector salaries.

Not any more. The biggest portion of any organization's cost of doing business is salaries. This government has made no effort to rein in public sector salaries.

When a public-sector union tells the government to jump, they say how high and how much? And they pay up -- with the money they just grabbed from those of us who still have a job in this dreadful economy.

Meanwhile, the chief executives of public utilities, hospitals and other government agencies are merrily raking in fabulous salaries and bonuses, with not even a nod to the ability of taxpayers to cough up.

Then again, it's so much easier to whack taxpayers with yet another tax than it is to govern with a modicum of respect for our hard-earned money.


Harmonization next big tax grab
Posted By CHRISTINA BLIZZARD
Posted 5 days ago


George Ashe is so disturbed by the provincial government's so-called plan to "harmonize" the federal goods and services tax and the provincial sales tax that he called me recently.

He knows what he's talking about. Ashe was revenue minister in Bill Davis' Progressive Conservative government in 1981.

Back then, he asked senior staff to look at the impact of expanding the PST to a wide range of services such as those on whcih we now pay the 5% GST (This was before the GST was introduced federally in 1991).

The report that came back said the effect of expanding the PST to a similar base to that covered by the GST -- with similar exemptions, such as children's clothing -- would have the effect of expanding the sales tax by two points.

It would have been the biggest tax grab in history, Ashe recalls. The report never came to cabinet. The idea would have been outrageous and was promptly dismissed.

It's a fascinating perspective.

Now we have a Liberal government that introduced what we thought was the biggest tax grab in history -- the so-called health premium -- in its first budget of 2004. And we forgot and forgave them in the faith-based funding feeding frenzy of the 2007 election.

Now they're set to harmonize the taxes, a move the Ontario Chamber of Commerce estimates will cost consumers $905 million in additional taxes.

Everything for which you pay GST but not PST will cost you 8% more. Haircuts. Gas. Lawyers' fees. And vice versa.

Before the 2003 election, Premier Dalton McGuinty said you wouldn't be paying "one cent more" in taxes. Then he brought in the health tax (oops, premium), which cost taxpayers an estimated $1 billion.

Now he's hiking (oops, harmonizing) your taxes for almost $1 billion more.


The Liberals want to convince you that it's going to be a wash. It won't be.

In July 2010, we'll pay 13% on almost everything. They say they're offering $10.6 billion in tax relief over the next three years. Mark my words, the $1,000 they're offering is a bribe -- with your own money. It will simply mask the effects of this for one year.

One of the biggest costs homeowners will notice is the PST on home heating fuel.

The construction industry estimates it will add an extra $46,000 to the price of a new home priced at $580,000.

The Ontario Real Estate Association says it will add more than $2,000 to the cost of a real estate transaction. This at a time when that industry has been hard hit by the economic downturn.

Back when Ashe was in cabinet, taxpayers demanded value for money. They expected their governments to balance the books and hold the line on public-sector salaries.

Not any more. The biggest portion of any organization's cost of doing business is salaries. This government has made no effort to rein in public sector salaries.

When a public-sector union tells the government to jump, they say how high and how much? And they pay up -- with the money they just grabbed from those of us who still have a job in this dreadful economy.

Meanwhile, the chief executives of public utilities, hospitals and other government agencies are merrily raking in fabulous salaries and bonuses, with not even a nod to the ability of taxpayers to cough up.

Then again, it's so much easier to whack taxpayers with yet another tax than it is to govern with a modicum of respect for our hard-earned money.


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