Try this on for size: Sales tax on bikes returns, fossil fuels exempt
Plenty of unhappy comments today in response to this column about the B.C. Government - via tax harmonization - removing longstanding tax exemptions for, among many other things, bicycles.
BC residents will also pay higher taxes on:
. hard hats, safety boots, smoke detectors and items used in farm production, everything from fence posts to hog pens;
. restaurant meals, knitting yarn, and pollution control products;
. alternative fuel vehicles, jet aircraft, and a range of goods used by the aquaculture industry;
. energy-efficient products and other “green” goods.
Exemptions will be in place for only these items:
. Children’s clothing, car seats, diapers, books, feminine hygiene products, gasoline and diesel fuel.