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HST would cost families an extra $405M: report

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WINNIPEG - Implementing a harmonized sales tax (HST) in Manitoba would have increased the sales-tax share paid by families to 86 per cent, from the current 54 per cent, while easing the tax load on companies, the government said today in releasing a 24-page report on the issue.

The Selinger government has refused to merge the GST and provincial sales tax into an HST — something that’s been called for by the business community. The opposition Conservatives agree with the government on the issue.

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The report, called Sales Tax Harmonization in Manitoba: What it would mean for households, businesses and public finances, found that implementing the HST would cost Manitoba families an extra $405 million in sales taxes.

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