Nobody likes taxes, and if you like books, it’s probably safe to say a book tax would leave a sour taste in the mouths of even the most avid of book readers. A new book tax was enacted in Newfoundland and Labrador on January 1st, 2017. Aside from these two provinces, none of the other Canadian provinces have this tax.
The problem here may not be having to pay more taxes; rather, it’s what the provinces are choosing to tax. Apart from some more nationally universal taxes such as PST and GST, a number of taxes are set in place for luxury goods, alcohol consumption, and cigarettes. Now, books are being placed in this category.
The Globe and Mail offers an important point to consider, which is the lagging literacy statistics of Newfoundland and Labrador in comparison to some of the other provinces. With the closure of 54 libraries across the province, the new book tax adds to the number of impediments that aggravate old, existing literacy problems. Understandably, most parents and developing bookworms will not appreciate these new changes, and on the commercial end, not many publishers and authors will be happy about this change either. All in all, the book tax seems to be a resounding slap in the face to the people who are impacted by the government’s lack of interest in promoting literacy.
Joshua Goudie wrote a new Dr. Seuss-inspired book called The Lore Tax to critique this new tax and the policy makers. However, Goudie has developed a way to overcome and outsmart the new tax: he made his new book absolutely free! In turn, that also means tax-free.
In his book, Goudie uses witty rhymes to comment on the political situation arising. The bleak topics discussed are very reminiscent of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, sending readers into a state of disbelief.
What do you think of the new tax? Watch this powerful and new video of Josh Goudie reading The Lore Tax. It’s definitely 2 minutes worth watching!
YouTube Channel: Josh Goudie
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