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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: B.C.’s speculation tax discriminates

Tax hasn’t helped make homes affordable, says letter writer
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To the editor,

An advertisement in the newspaper says more than 99 per cent of B.C. residents are exempt from the speculation and vacancy tax.

Not all B.C. residents receive the declaration, only a select few municipalities receive the forms having to give out their SIN and of course prove they live on the property. But if they have a second place they will have to rent to someone or pay more taxes.

Are the property owners of B.C. required to provide rental units or is it the job of the government?

NDP claim to have collected $315 million in taxes since 2019. Guess if you can afford a second property you can pay more tax. How much did it cost B.C. taxpayers for the NDP to collect those declarations and the extra tax on property owners?

What did the NDP do with the $315 million, there does not seem to be reasonable rentals available?

Thirteen more communities are discriminated against as the rest of B.C. residents have no idea about the speculation and vacancy tax.

Lois Powell, Nanaimo

READ ALSO: Speculation tax expanding to several new B.C. communities

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