On Wed, 9 Jan 2019, Dennis wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Jan 2019 09:18:04 -0800, The Real Bev <bashl...@gmail.com
>> California state income tax used to end up being roughly 10% of the
>> federal. Now it's nearly half. Bastards.
> Plus you have what - 9%? - sales tax. My son just moved to the Bay
> area to start his first real professional job out of college. Major
> sticker shock.
I gather things are far worse out there, like rent going up and making it
hard for people to live.
We have 9.5% provincial sales tax here, that's on top of 5% "goods and
services tax" which isn't on food, but is on "luxury" items like chocolate
bars. GST is on books, but this province doesn't charge PST on them.
The GST has been around since 1990, replacing a tax that had been built
into the price, so it's not there on some things. But at the time, not
much that I bought (other than electronics, and it wasn't like I bought
taht all the time) had no tax, now it's a lot more common for me, even
On the other hand, if you make below a certain amount per year, you get
about $88 quarterly from the federal government as a GST rebate, and $156
quarterly from the province as a rebate on provincial sales tax. So
almost a thousand dollars back each year, with the advantage of it comes
in decent size chunks. I don't spend enough, so it's more like found
money. YOu have to file income tax, but it's not based on whether you pay
income tax. I skipped a few years, not enough income, and I actually got
back a few years of retro-rebates last year, the feds allow it for up to
ten years, the province is stingier.