Now they?re taxing fun!



THE introduction of the goods and services tax was meant to do away with a host of other taxes - or so we were told.

Now it has been revealed that the NSW government has been quietly taxing our fun and leisure pursuits.

For the past few years, each time you have hired anything, from a suit for a formal to a video for the family, the state government has cashed in, and there is nothing those people who are in the hire business can do about it.

Business owners on the Tweed aren't happy about the situation and are hoping that agreements reached between the states and the federal government will see an end to the charges.

IT'S a tax on fun (and work): in addition to the GST!

Most NSW residents don't even known they are paying the 1.5 per cent hire tax.

But examples of how you pay include:

lNew release video hire: $4 overnight - 12 cents tax

lFancy dress costumes for two at $250 - $3.75 tax

lDinner suit hire for Year 12 formal costing $125 - $1.87 tax

lTruck to move furniture costing $358 - $5.37 tax

lChairs, tables, portaloo, supplies for anniversary party at home at $902 - $13.53 tax

lSki hire for two people for one week worth $220 - $3.30 tax

lTrailer to take the garden clippings to the tip costing $38 - 57 cents tax



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