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Olive Crane gives notice that she will ask the Minister responsible for Finance the following questions:
Date Submitted : November 13, 2014
Islanders have to pay HST on funerals. Do you think this is a fair and compassionate Tax Policy? Is there any way that charging HST can be removed off of funerals? For lower or fixed incomes is there any way the government could provide a small allowance equivalent to the HST to the funeral home on behalf of the family?
Date answered : December 10, 2014Printable PDF - 64501_answer.pdf
The policy to move the province to a harmonized sales tax system is good tax policy. It provides businesses with the capacity to compete with businesses from our sister provinces. It also is a policy where businesses can grow and provide jobs to Islanders. The policy is fair in that all Islanders are treated the same.
Under the Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement, the province is allowed to designate supplies of goods and services eligible for a point of sale rebate of the provincial portion of the HST. However, the total value of the point of sales exemption cannot exceed 5% of the GST base.
The provision of the point-of-sale rebate on heating oil, children’s clothing, children’s footwear, and books has used the province’s room for point of sale rebates. At this time the province cannot remove the HST from the provision of funeral services.