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    Re: Should the Federal Govt. implement a Value Added Tax (VAT)?

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Harmonized sales taxes
    It would be implemented as a national sales tax. Company A sells product to company B and to company C- is a sales tax added at each step in the chain of company to company sales?

    Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST)

    In canada the VAT was added over and above Provincial sales tax. Most if not all provinces have harmonized their Prov rates with the federal govt. Alberta does not have a prov. sales tax. May have after the election?????

    Also as it impacts low income, a percentage based upon that - income level - family size is rebated.
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    Yup. Now, doesn't that put more pressure on the private sector to shorten the supply chain?

    In the given example from A to B to C, there would be 2 VAT charges assessed for the end user to pay for.

    If B and C were eliminated from the supply chain, a more vertically integrated A would result, and only a single VAT charge would be assessed. (Have I got this right?)

    So there would be greater market pressure for highly vertically integrated businesses, and then the question becomes, is that vertical integration more efficient or less efficient at delivering goods and services?

    Wouldn't this have a negative impact on the number of start up small businesses? You know, the businesses that employ the vast majority of the workforce?
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    Re: Should the Federal Govt. implement a Value Added Tax (VAT)?

    Quote Originally Posted by eohrnberger View Post
    Yup. Now, doesn't that put more pressure on the private sector to shorten the supply chain?

    In the given example from A to B to C, there would be 2 VAT charges assessed for the end user to pay for.

    If B and C were eliminated from the supply chain, a more vertically integrated A would result, and only a single VAT charge would be assessed. (Have I got this right?)

    So there would be greater market pressure for highly vertically integrated businesses, and then the question becomes, is that vertical integration more efficient or less efficient at delivering goods and services?

    Wouldn't this have a negative impact on the number of start up small businesses? You know, the businesses that employ the vast majority of the workforce?
    VAT is applied at the end point of sale.
    Companies are reimbursed for VAT paid to manufacture a product. A small percentage is retained by the company a-b thru the chain to pay for costs of maintaining this–the compnay that sells at the end point the VAT is applied and collected by Govt.
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    Re: Should the Federal Govt. implement a Value Added Tax (VAT)?

    Ebay has a VAT. A couple of years ago I auctioned a student model pedal steel guitar. The winning bid was about $150 over what it should have been. Ebay said: "we want half", which they deducted immediately.

    Hell will freeze over before I sell on there again.
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    Re: Should the Federal Govt. implement a Value Added Tax (VAT)?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I'm generally against the idea, but if it were to REPLACE most of the taxes we have now I'd consider it.

    If it were just added to the already long list we have, then I'd be absolutely against it.
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    Re: Should the Federal Govt. implement a Value Added Tax (VAT)?

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    Ebay has a VAT. A couple of years ago I auctioned a student model pedal steel guitar. The winning bid was about $150 over what it should have been. Ebay said: "we want half", which they deducted immediately.

    Hell will freeze over before I sell on there again.
    At least you had a choice whether to use it. We dont have such luxuries with the tax system. Dont like it, they garnish your wages.

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