LETTER – Charging GST on BC Hydro’s crisis fund is example of a tax grab

Dear Mel,

Re your commentary on Tax Grab.

Here’s one maybe people don’t know about and I just realized today when reading my BC Hydro Bill.

As part of our bill we all donate to the Crisis Fund wether we want to or not. What gets me is that amount we donate to the fund is also GST applicable.

When did a donation or contribution to a fund become GST applicable? This does not happen when we donate to the Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke as an example.

As defined in the name of GST ( Goods and Services Tax ) contributing to a fund in my opinion is neither a good or service.

Just my two cents, non GST applicable.



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2 Comments on LETTER – Charging GST on BC Hydro’s crisis fund is example of a tax grab

  1. Tongue in cheek I ask “Do we get a tax reciept from BC Hydro to use fir income raxes?”

  2. Tony Brumell // April 17, 2019 at 10:58 AM // Reply

    I’ve got 2 cents worth also. Take a look at your gas bill.If I went into a furniture store and bought a new chair for $ 500.00 Do you think it would be fair or reasonable to tell the store clerk to deilver it ?yes ??? OK what ih he then told you it would cost you $ 1200.00 to do so . Would that be fair or reasonable or even acceptible ??? Not in my book. So
    is Fortis getting away with tis kind of extortion.
    my bill;
    basic charge $11,44
    delivery $50.88
    storage and transport |$ 17.11
    total (non gas handling) $ 79.43

    commodity charge ( gas) $ 18.12
    If this same rate were charged to deliver my chair it would cost over $ 2000.00 to get it home.
    This doesnt include
    carbon tax $20.34 ( 125 % of gas)
    municipal operating fee (?????) $ 3.01 ( 20% of gas)
    gst $ 6.05 (30 % of gas )

    And you think you”re being screwed on Hydro ???

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