Most products we buy will see no new tax
Most of the products we buy every day will see no new tax. There are a lot of products and services on which we already pay the PST and GST. For these products, like cable and phone services, new cars and adult clothing, there won't be a change. On July 1, 2010, instead of paying 13 per cent tax to two different governments (8 per cent provincial and 5 per cent federal), there will be one tax — still 13 per cent, collected by the federal government.
No PST now, no HST after July 1, 2010
There are some other items now that have no sales tax on them, such as basic groceries, municipal transit and prescription drugs. On July 1, 2010, there will still be no HST charged on these items.
Other products will be eligible for a point-of-sale rebate for the provincial part of the HST. This means you will only pay the 5 per cent federal portion of the HST. These include print newspapers, books (including audio books), diapers, children's clothing and footwear, children's car seats and booster seats, feminine hygiene products, and qualifying prepared food and beverages sold for $4.00 or less.
No new tax for 83 per cent of products and services
In total, about 83 per cent of products and services purchased by consumers will see no new tax. Only 17 per cent will see a new tax, things like personal and professional services such as hairstyling and legal fees, as well as energy costs including home heating fuel and electricity.