Tomorrow is June 30, 2010, the last day before the sales tax world in Ontario and British Columbia changes. Today you should ask yourself, CAN I MAKE A PURCHASE AND SAVE HST.
Consumers will be thinking about saving HST. The question that needs to be asked is what is not subject to Ontario retail sales tax, but will be subject to HST. I cannot provide an all-inclusive list. However, here are a few suggestions on what you might buy today:
- land survey (I am doing this today believe it or not)
- landscaping services
- house cleaning services
- painting services
- if you sign an agreement of purchase and sale of a previously lived-in home, you may save the real estate commission
- if you take possession and title of a newly built home before July 1, 2010, you save the HST
- hair dressing/colouring services
- dry cleaning
- taking Rover to the vet
- visiting the dentist for teeth whitening (not on my list - sorry Dr Jay)
- ask a lawyer to draft a will or a pre-nuptial agreement
- buy a domain name (is your name taken yet?)
- fill up your home heating fuel tank
- propane for the summer barbeque
- clean the swimming pool
- one last pre-HST Botox injection
- one last work-out at the gym
- energy-efficient home appliances are exempt from ORST
- bicycles are exempt from ORST
- custom computer software is exempt from ORST
- subscription to Cosmo, Oprah, Mike Holmes or any magazine that interests you
- notice in the newspaper about a garage sale, birth notice, death notice, in memoriam, etc.
- ticket to see a play in a small local theater
- ticket to a dinner theater
- pre-paid funeral expenses/deposit on final resting place
What is on your list?
I will be writing another post tomorrow on the purchases that businesses have been waiting to make in order to save the unrecoverable ORST and recover HST by way of input tax credit.