Reverse the Tax on Books
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For students, textbooks are expensive - and the Liberals made them even more expensive by adding a 10% tax on books in Budget 2016.
Not only does this tax unfairly target students who are often required to purchase expensive textbooks for their courses, it also targets authors, rural communities, local businesses, and many other groups.
Taxes on books are rare worldwide, and Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province in Canada to impose its own tax on books. Governments in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. considered implementing a tax on books, but ultimately scrapped the idea after public protest.
This new tax on books comes into effect on January 1, 2017 and, if allowed to continue, will send a message that the government doesn't care about literacy, students, authors, local bookstores, and the local publishing sector.
The NDP opposes the book tax and will continue fighting to have it stopped - help us reverse the book tax by signing and sharing our petition!
What Local Authors and Publishers are Saying:
“Literature is a gift — people quite often don’t get remunerated for it in the way that they should. ... This kind of tax is hurting artists, it’s hurting students and it’s hurting women, who buy most fiction, so you’re looking at a very vulnerable demographic when you bring in this tax." - Lisa Moore, Local Author
“Tax policies like this one work against literacy, health, creativity and productivity, exacerbating the very conditions that can drive a populace into poverty.” - Beth Follett, Pedlar Press
"‘The importance of literacy in building a strong economy is significant, and I’m certain that nobody in government would argue that point.” - Donna Francis, Creative Books
"It's going to have an immediate effect on sales, I believe," he said. "We are already a small province, and the literacy rate in Newfoundland and Labrador is the lowest in Canada." - Gavin Will, Boulder Publications
"[The book tax] is drawn up by the people who need money but haven't thought about how the book business works. Anyone can go to Amazon and save an average of $2 on local books - why wouldn't they?" - Matt Howse, Broken Books
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