Do you pay alot of sale taxes?

Canada
December 31, 2007 9:40am CST
Where I live we pay almost 13% sale taxes on everything except food. How much do you pay in taxes where you live? Is it too much or do you think it is a reasonable amount to pay?
4 responses
@vera5d (3958)
• United States
31 Dec 07
that seems high. we're actually the highest in the state where i live 7% (the rest is 6%) - they tax everything except food and clothes. I think it is kind of crazy they charge you tax on everything you buy or sell...i don't really like it. This month alone we spent over $65 on sales tax. That's more than a tank of gas that would last me 2 weeks. I do see why the government does it though. there a lot of people who work under the table, don't report their income, or make money doing illegal things. By taxing things we buy, they can get some from the non tax payers.
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Wow that is alot of sales tax. Sales tax here is 7% and I thought that was high. I guess I won't complain anymore if your paying 13%! I think sales tax is to high anywhere.
• Canada
31 Dec 07
In Ontario Canada, the sales tax currently is 14%. To an extent i think its fine to pay, because it benefits us in the future. We have a healthcare system so we dont need to worry about huge expenditures, unemployment insurance etc etc. The part where i find its a ripoff is where i pay sales tax on goods that have no benefit. I understand if paying sales tax for medical items is charged because i benefit in terms of healthcare, but what about buying a car? The sales tax i pay doesn't do anything for me! I dont get a cash back return or a lower gas price? This is what i dont like about the sales tax, sometimes its not at all relevant to your purchase in terms of benefits received.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I dont know what our sales tax is here in NY but in Ontario (where I'm from) it was 15%..as far as I know it still is but it might have changed since I moved, I dont know..