How to not pay taxes (legally)

A few HST-avoidance tips.

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The Globe and Mail has a brief but handy guide to ducking some of the hit of the HST. In brief:

  • Don’t buy coffee for your friends. Coffee purchases under $4 are HST-exempt.
  • Go to the U.S for services and pay with our near-parity dollars.
  • Read e-books. You still have to pay HST, but they’re cheaper.

Might have to quibble with number two—not only does it mean spending money out-of-country, but is it really worth the travel time, and cost of gas/transport into the U.S.?

Regardless, nice advice, and there must be more. We’ll be on the lookout.

7 comments on “How to not pay taxes (legally)

  1. It does ring a bell, as I always thought junk food or coffee costing under 4$ were exempt of taxes in Canada. Well, when I buy a slice at my local Pizza Nova they add all the maximum taxes they can think of. A 3.85 slicen suddenly changed into an almost 5 dollars treat. When I mentioned what I believe, under 4$, they assure me that was a long time ago, not now. I will not insist but still believe they are wrong. I think they keep the taxes as a bonus. There are no place I can make sure unless I address the Revenue office. I won't, I am not sure if I like them.
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