We’re paying a tax on a tax
RE: Taxes and prices
On a recent Costco trip, my wife purchased a box of makeup wipes with a shelf price of $13. On checking the receipt I was surprised to see that a $2 “environmental fee” had been applied to the wipes, and that we also had to pay HST on the fee itself.
Call it by any name you like, but this fee and related HST are just another layer of sales tax collected by the government at the point of purchase. Paying the HST on that fee is taxation on taxation.
Using some simple math, the total sales tax for this product is just under $4. That represents an effective sales tax rate of more than 30 per cent. For makeup wipes, really?
This is just another example, albeit a small one, of the insidious way the Wynne Liberals have implemented many new taxes, and increased many existing ones, to fuel their addiction to spending.
In June, my vote will go to the party that promises to eliminate the practice of charging a tax on another tax, a practice implemented by the Liberals, a practice they seem intent on expanding. Cameron Stringer, Hamilton