Re: "Expanded tax plan goes after B.C. families," Nov. 30.
Jordan Bateman is wrong - our government is returning to the provincial sales tax with the permanent exemptions in place, just as we committed following the 2011 referendum.
We have been clear: the PST will return on April 1, 2013, with all permanent exemptions. Consumers will again not pay PST on purchases such as food, restaurant meals, bicycles, gym memberships, movie tickets and school supplies, nor for personal services such as haircuts.
The Expert Panel on Business Taxation was appointed in January 2012 to provide analysis and recommendations to the province on business-tax competitiveness. The panel also recommended a number of procedural ways we could make the PST easier for businesses to administer, some of which we are able to put in place in time for the April transition.
Not surprisingly, the independent experts offered a wide range of suggestions, and the report deserves the public's consideration. However, I can tell you categorically that government will not be expanding the PST as suggested by Bateman.
To get the facts on the return to PST, visit www.PSTinBC.ca
Michael de Jong B.C. Minister of Finance
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