The proposed increase to the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax (HST) in Newfoundland and Labrador, which was to take effect on January 1, has been cancelled.
The tax rate will remain at 13 per cent following the new year.
In April of this year, the provincial government announced its intention to increase the HST component rate of 10 per cent, which would have resulted in an HST rate of 15 per cent total.
The municipal rebate — also agreed upon in April — that will provide municipalities with a 25 per cent rebate of the provincial component of the HST paid or payable on eligible purchases and expenses will not be impacted.
The rebate implementation will still take effect in January and will increase to 57.14 per cent, effective at the start of 2017.
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