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HST not perfect but still worthwhile, economist says

An economist from a left-wing think tank said the harmonized sales tax a step in the right direction during a UNBC symposium on the issue, but added there is room for improvement, particularly in softening the impact on low-income earners.

An economist from a left-wing think tank said the harmonized sales tax a step in the right direction during a UNBC symposium on the issue, but added there is room for improvement, particularly in softening the impact on low-income earners.

Among the pros of the HST listed by Iglika Ivanova, a public interest researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, was that it will treat goods and services equally, streamline collection and eliminate sales tax on business inputs, all in contrast to the provincial sales tax.

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