Saskatchewan Budget 2018

April 10, 2018 2:49 pm
Updated: April 10, 2018 8:21 pm

Sask. government expects to make $98M by eliminating 2 PST exemptions

Eliminating two PST exemptions are the only tax changes in the 2018 Saskatchewan budget.

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Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer announced the PST exemption on both light used vehicles and Energy Star appliances will be discontinued. The expected revenue is $98 million.

The changes take effect Wednesday, April 11.

The change bring Saskatchewan in line with all other jurisdictions in Canada and charge PST on used, light vehicle sales. This applies to cars, minivans, pick-up trucks and all other personal vehicles and is anticipate to generate $95 million in revenue over the fiscal year.

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There will be instances where used vehicles are PST exempt.

PST will not be charged on vehicles gifted to family members (spouses, children, parents, legal guardians, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings).

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The PST will also not be applied to the private sale of a used vehicle with a purchase price of $5,000 or less.

The Finance Ministry says energy savings already provide a strong financial incentive to buy Energy Star appliances. The removal of this exemption is expected to generate $3 million in revenue.

The personal income tax rate, the PST rate and education property tax rates will remain the same.

Missing from the budget is tax revenue collected from the sale of cannabis once it is legalized.

The government said it will receive 75 per cent of the federal cannabis excise duty generated in the province, along with PST, but is unable to forecast projected revenue as it is unclear what the size of the market and the retail price will be.

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