Promote literacy and the local economy by not applying the full 15% HST on printed books
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Along with many other cultural organizations, The Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Association is concerned that changing the tax on printed books from 5% to 15% would be detrimental not only to our bookstores and publishers but to the larger issue of literacy in our province. With books less available to all, reading levels would be negatively impacted and employment opportunities weakened.
Whereas most jurisdictions in the world have a favourable policy concerning the taxation of printed material, Nova Scotia would set an unfortunate Canadian precedent in fully taxing books if the HST rebate were lifted. No other province does so. With as much broadly-based support as possible, we would like to convince our government of the benefits of maintaining the current taxation structure.
It should be a goal for all of us to keep books as affordable as possible to encourage reading and to attract new Nova Scotians to a society that cherishes literacy.
Please sign our petition and spread the word. If inspired, write your MLA or contact the media to further voice your opinion..
To read the Nova Scotia Tax and Regulatory Review in which this change is proposed, follow this link and find page 27 under the 'HST' heading:
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