Hello. Happy leap day.
Sunday is Big Grocery Shop day for me. I’ll usually wander down to the local fruit market-ette (it claims to be a fruit market, but really it’s just a quadruple-sized greengrocer) with the kids (detour to park on the way) and a cloth bag and pick up the fruit and veg for the week, lugging it (and maybe a loaf of bread) back home in the sunshine. Well, provided there is sunshine. Nice way to spend a Sunday.
Then later on Sunday afternoon I’ll take the car to Safeway and stock up on everything else. I must have been short of a few expensive items today, because the list was written on a small scrap of paper, but it ended up being some $84.44. And it fitted into just three cloth bags. Mind you, I nearly broke my arms carrying them from the trolley return thingy back into the car.
Anyway it was with some satisfaction that I looked at the receipt and noted that there was only GST on 3 of the items. Two of them were chocolate, so that’s probably fair enough*. The other one was laundry liquid. GST, of course, was meant not to be charged on basic living items. I know the feminists were (quite rightly I reckon) a tad hot under the collar that feminine hygeine products weren’t GST-free. Did they ever reverse that decision? Well laundry liquid isn’t GST-free either. Apparently clean clothes are a luxury, not a basic living requirement. Must remember that when I next notice the whiff of a tramp walking upwind. S/he’s just avoiding GST.
So, the Taxman only made 81 cents from that $84 bonanza of shopping. Closer to 1% than 10%.
Oh well, they’ll probably make more than enough to compensate from the next few restaurant meals I have.
*Wait a sec — are they trying to claim that chocolate is not a basic living requirement?!