If you bought a used car in May of this year, there’s a good chance that you didn’t pay enough tax on the purchase – and the government wants you to pay up!
6,500 people are receiving letters from the Ministry of Finance, who is seeking payments of $100 – $500 from each individual.
How did this happen? CarProof, the private company that appraises used cars on behalf of the Ontario Government, provided incorrect values for the cars sold in May. $2.4 million in sales tax was not collected.
The government admits that the buyers are not at fault, but will still have to pay up. Finance Minister Charles Sousa said “it was an error that was made, and it’s really unfortunate.”
Sousa said it’s only fair to everybody else that these 6,500 pay up, and that the government has to make certain that everyone pays fairly. Do you feel that way?
Do you think these 6,500 “tax dodgers” should pay up? Would you if that notice of payment hit your mailbox? Shouldn’t CarProof pay the tab, considering they were the ones who screwed up?
And why the HELL are used cars being taxed EVERY TIME they’re sold? Is it fair that the government can keep charging people, no matter how many times that car changes hands?