We've had GST
for years in New Zealand
and it hasn't killed us. Of course, it was scary when they implemented it... but it was a trifling matter
to work out an extra 10% in one's head, so we accepted it and moved on.
...except that taxing us 10% on every single
thing we bought or paid for wasn't enough, so it has been increased to 11.25%. I can add that tax on to a price with a bit of mental contortion
, but I'm damned if I can work out the original
prices in my head (why would I? I'll have to pay the GST anyway...).
However I maintain that ideologically
, being taxed on money
received, taxed again on money
spent and älso taxed on money
kept aside, is not the mark of a free
and equitable society