Similar to the food services industry, construction has been effected in much of the same way. The BC government charges the Provincial Sales Tax on materials purchased for a project, but has offered exemptions to home owners who are in need of construction services, transportation services, or professional services. To put this into perspective, below is an example of how the HST and PST/GST differ in terms of a basic construction contract:
In essence, home owners no longer pay 7% on new home purchases, and renovation contractors now only have to charge the 5% GST instead of the 12% HST for their services (including carpentry, plumbing, and electrical wiring). This has created an influx of work from customers who have prolonged their projects while waiting for the return of the PST. This, combined with the upcoming summer, has given many construction workers and restaurant owners an excuse to smile.
Rob Currie, co-owner of Basement Systems Vancouver, believes that the Provincial and Federal government should re-implement a renovation tax credit to BC home owners, as it would greatly impact the amount of work in the construction industry, allowing for an even more substantial boost to the marketplace. As for now, it seems as though the restaurant and construction industries are back on track in BC, which brings optimism to many for the summer of 2013.
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