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Canada Nova Scotia drops Harmonized Sales Tax increase

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  • 11 April 2014 | Richard Asquith

Canada Nova Scotia drops Harmonized Sales Tax increase

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has dropped its plans to reduce its sales tax, Harmonised Sales Tax, from 15% to 14% as planned on 1 July 2014

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At 15%, Nova Scotia has the second highest consumption tax rate in Canada. Most of the big provinces are now around 13%. Nova Scotia budgeted in 2013 to reduce its HST eventually to 13% by 1 July 2015.

However, the new state government withdrew the tax cuts as part of its election manifesto. The formal news of the scrapping of the plan has long been expected since the region’s deficit has now hit $279m.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.