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HST Info: What things you will and won’t pay it on

We thought it would be a good idea to help spread some of the actual information about HST in Ontario.  As you may already know, Red Sky Métis Independent Nation is not in favour of the HST for a number of obvious reasons.  Regardless of our position, we feel it helps our community to share information we have about the HST so our members can better prepare for the coming taxation change on July 1, 2010.  From the Ontario Government website:

Change in taxable status (you will pay when you didn’t have to before):

  • Electricity
  • Gasoline
  • Heating Fuels
  • Internet Access Fees
  • Personal Services (e.g., Hairstyling)
  • Professional Services (e.g., Legal, Accounting and Real Estate Fees and Commissions)
  • Tobacco

Consumers will not have to pay the provincial portion of the HST for:

  • Qualifying prepared food and beverages sold for $4.00 or less
  • Print newspapers
  • Children’s clothing and footwear
  • Children’s car seats and car booster seats
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Books (including audio books)

No change to the following items (taxed like always):

  • Adult Incontinence Products
  • Auto Insurance
  • Auto Rentals
  • Basic Groceries
  • Books
  • Cable TV Service
  • Cell Phone Charges
  • Certain Medical Devices
  • Child Car Seats and Car Booster Seats
  • Child Care Services
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Children’s Footwear
  • Cleaning Products (e.g., Soaps, Detergents)
  • Clothing
  • Crafting Supplies (Scissors, Yarn)
  • Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Furniture
  • Home Insurance
  • Home Maintenance Equipment (Lawnmowers, Snow Blowers, Sprinklers)
  • Home Phone Services
  • Luggage, Briefcases, Bags, etc.
  • Mortgage Interest Costs
  • Most Educational Services
  • Most Health Care Services
  • Movie Tickets
  • Municipal Public Transportation
  • Municipal Water
  • Music Lessons
  • Newspapers
  • Over-the-Counter Medication
  • Pharmacist Dispensing Fees
  • Prepackaged Computer Software
  • Prepared Foods Sold for $4 or Less
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Radios, Stereos, CD Equipment and Accessories
  • Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Residential Rent
  • Restaurant Meals
  • Tailoring
  • Toys
  • TVs, DVDs and Accessories
  • Vehicle Repairs (Parts and Labour)
  • Vehicles and Parts

Exemptions (you won’t pay HST on these items):

  • Basic groceries
  • Prescription drugs
  • Certain medical devices
  • Child care
  • Residential rents
  • Municipal public transit
  • Most health and education services
  • Legal aid
  • Most financial services
  • Tutoring
  • Music lessons

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