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Hi there,

I just got a look at my shaw bill for July and the HST portion of it was $9.91 - OUCH.

I have basic phone, hd plus, digital tv and movies and extreme internet.

I am going to have to seriously consider going from extreme to normal hi speed as a result.
 

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Isn't that the same amount that you paid in PST and GST last month? In Manitoba we pay PST and GST on our cable and phone bills so it wouldn't make any difference.
 

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Hi there,

in BC we were pst exempt on basic telephone and the basic cable portion of our bills.
I wish it didn't make any difference but for these services it definitely does out here.
 

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Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is the point of this thread?
 

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Hi there,

After seeing my bill today, I just wanted to share how the new B.C. hst, actually impacted a monthly bill for cable services. It will affect all of us in B.C., with this and many other services.

I definitely do apologize if I have wasted anyones time, in reading or responding to it.
 

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Sith...Im just looking at my bill also but its for Shaw Direct. In BC also. Current charges 18 Jun-10 to 17 Jul-10 148.85
GST............................................... 4.58
PST............................................... 6.41
HST............................................... 4.96

So i'm paying all 3....and the HST is only untiil July 17

Nothing to apologize for. Just another cash grab as well as another couple of cents a liter for the carbon tax on July 1.
So in reality the HST is just for July so on the the next bill there should be no PST or GST, just HST...right?
 

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Hi Killarney, Thanks.

Yeah I didn't even think of that.....there is no way that they can charge pst and gst and then also hst...so it's probably just screwy this month for the bills and then next bill should make more sense - Just HST.

Still sucks though.
 

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GST & PST are charged for the portion of your bill up to June 30th
HST is charged for the portion of your bill as of July 1st
 

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AND did you notice how your service cost dropped NOT just like our provincial Government promised?? Businesses will pass the savings on!!! Uhuh! :)
 

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I guess it wont matter because I'm sure no matter which provider you are with it will be the same. Government has to make money some how. There is another option though ,if you don't want to pay the tax on the service, go back to Free OTA then you won't have to worry about it.Don't what you could do about the phone and internet portion though.
 

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The only reason you would see PST and GST on future bills would be for services like PPV or Long Distance calls that were placed in the Month of June prior to the HST (The tax would be the same wether it's HST or PST/GST combined though for PPV or LD calls)
 

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reality check

Okay, since we are tossing numbers around, let's make sure it is clear what the numbers are.

Here is an example of my bill:
Cost of services before taxes - 116.85

Pre HST taxes
GST - 5.84
PST - 5.31
Total taxes - 11.15

Post HST taxes
HST - 14.02


Net change - 2.87.

Yes, more taxes, but not enough to make me cancel anything.

Ultimately we have to decide if we want government services or lower taxes. My choice would be lower taxes, but apparently I am out numbered.
 

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Actually you are not outnumbered. The majority in BC are against this but our government isn't listening.
 

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Ultimately we have to decide if we want government services or lower taxes. My choice would be lower taxes, but apparently I am out numbered.
There is no government services with the HST. It has been said by the BC Liberals that it is designed to be revenue neutral. Therefore, the tax burden is shifted from businesses and onto the consumers with no increase in taxes in the governments hand (but who knows if that is even true).

Honestly, it's all a farce. They have an example using automotive repair on one of the BC Liberal's blog showing how the HST may mean its cheaper to get your car fixed. I bought my truck in 2004, and the hourly rate at the dealership was $100/hr. Today (six years later), it is still $100/hr, so I know that they are absorbing overhead costs. Therefore, when the HST hits, they will just use the money saved towards their overhead.

But anyways, back on topic, the increase is only a few dollars, however I hope for Shaw's sake they dont have another price increase this year...
 

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Ya I noticed that on my bill as well.... *sigh

I don't think they will have a increase for prices this year, knowing HST is in place now too.

I'm surprised at how many people are still payoing $100 so with all this job loss going on etc,... I'd think most people would have decided to cut down on the cable bills
 

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Actually you are not outnumbered. The majority in BC are against this but our government isn't listening.
People in BC are stupid. They cry like babies when programs are cut and cry more when taxes are raised. It's one or the other.
 

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Since our "Dear Leader" (Mr. Campbell) has said that this would make it better for businesses and less costly for them, then Shaw should be lowering their rates any day now. Shaw are you listening?
 
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