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Consumer Woes: New Surtax hits Cross-Border Shoppers, While Interest Rates Rise

Posted: July 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks By :
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, financial education, online courses, budgeting, US tax, NAFTA, Canada's competitiveness, trade agreement, buy Canadian, Canadian-made food, "Trump-free", Canadian dollar, Canadian agriculture, grocery budget, cross-border shopping, duties and taxes, US exemption limits, surtax, tariffs, Canadian economyu

Canadians spend anywhere from $4.7 to $8 Billion on cross-border shopping and if you spent the July long weekend looking for bargains in the U.S. you may have had an unpleasant surprise:  despite the loonie holding some ground against US currency, a new 10% surtax on certain consumer goods came into effective July 1, when if you exceeded your exemption limit.

BC Latest Province to Add High Income Surtaxes

Posted: February 26, 2013
Posted in: Breaking News, Tax Planning , income surtax, tax increase

A trend appears to have started in balancing provincial budgets, as BC follows Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Quebec in its February 19 budget with the introduction of a "high income surtax" which could, in the absence of planning, increasingly penalize the wealth accumulations of retirees.