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True costs

Newfoundland and Labrador’s new book tax has the province’s literary community concerned for the future

TWO ITEMS in particular stood out to the literary community of Newfoundland and Labrador among the widespread cuts and tax increases presented in the provincial government’s April 2016 austerity budget: a proposed closure of 54 of the province’s largely rural libraries, and the addition of a 10 per cent harmonized sales tax on books, on top of the five per cent GST already levied but no longer rebated.

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