Thursday, December 22, 2016

'Tax on a tax' petition

by Kate Bouey - CASTANET Dec 22, 2016 / 12:28 pm
Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers is taking on the federal government for charging GST on top of B.C.'s carbon tax and his effort is being closely scrutinized. Regarded as council's financial watchdog, Spiers is launching an e-petition calling for an end to the federal tax.

The petition reads:
“Whereas: The B.C. government instituted a carbon tax in 2008 and the Federal government GST tax (currently at 5%) is still being charged on this Carbon tax;
“We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to eliminate the GST being charged on this or any other future Carbon Tax enacted by the Provinces or Territories.No more TAX on a TAX.

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Spiers has won the backing of North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold, even though the practice began during a Conservative administration. The petition is being reviewed by the Clerk of Petitions in Ottawa before going online. “The carbon tax is supposed to be revenue neutral and it is in this province, but about $63 million is pimped off the top by the federal government and has been for the last eight years,” said Spiers. “We're talking big bucks.” The councillor's blog has B.C. budget figures showing $1.27 billion was expected to be generated from the provincial carbon tax over the 2016/17 financial year. It is subject to the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). “This (money) is coming from people who heat their homes and drive their cars.” “No more tax on a tax,” Spiers stated on his blog. Once the petition goes online, it must garner at least 500 signatures before it can be presented to the House of Commons. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has expressed an interest in following its progress, Spiers said.
Don Quixote Note:
Look at your gas bill. You are being charged Carbon Tax on your Natural Gas Delivery and Commodity amounts. Look a little closer and you will see that the Federal Governments charges GST on Your Carbon Tax. A TAX on a TAX. (Pity, only in Canada).

A petition to the House of Commons should be going online in the new year. Please consider signing it when it is posted on the Govt. website

The same GST on Carbon Tax is applied to your gas and diesel you use in your Vehicles

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