The HST won’t hurt most low- and middle-income families as much as anti-HST campaigners say it will, according to a new report by the Fraser Institute.

“Under the HST, B.C.’s tax system becomes slightly more progressive, due to the reductions in provincial income taxes and the new HST credit. This means most families with lower incomes will end up paying less tax overall,” said the report’s co-author Niels Veldhuis, a senior economist with the think-tank.

The Fraser Institute contends that families with incomes between $20,000 and $80,000 will all see a slight reduction in their average combined tax payments. Conversely, families with incomes above $80,000 will pay more.

Former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm, whose anti-HST campaign has reached a 15 per cent threshold in all 85 B.C. ridings, said the Fraser Institute presents a biased view.

“For them to suggest that poor families will be better off with the HST is ludicrous,” said Vander Zalm.

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