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April 21st, 2003

Time for a nice cup of tea and a sit down…

This site is inspiring, and proves that maybe wasn’t such a bad name to choose after all:

On a more serious note there’s been some positive moves in Cyprus recently, including the opening of the borders, along with positive moves from Turkey, so there is some hope for finally resolving this long running dispute…

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April 21st, 2003


So why is it that a student that has paid no tax, and owes no tax to either the federal or provincial government ends up with more extensive and complex paper work to fill out, than say a migrant worker who has paid lots of tax, and still owes a little more?

It’s a challenge to try and follow the bizarre arithmetic involved in filing taxes, which in some cases seems to be deliberately obscure. The ones that stump me:

  • What the hell is the GST/HST credit?
  • How much is the Ontario surtax? (It’s computed as: (Line 35 minus $3,685) x 20% + (Line 35 minus $4,648) x 36%)
  • Why do you multiply line 43 by two to get line 44?

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