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Updated: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:57:05 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Hospital parking tax break proposed for patients, visitors



The parking lot at the Victoria General hospital in Halifax on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. The Canadian Medical Association Journal says hospitals should stop charging patients for parking. Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press

The parking lot at the Victoria General hospital in Halifax on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. The Canadian Medical Association Journal says hospitals should stop charging patients for parking. Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press

The federal Finance Department is proposing to soften part of the 2013 budget and exempt hospital parking fees from the GST or HST.

Last year's budget ended a special tax break on parking fees at public institutions where the parking lot was run by a non-profit partner.

The government said the change was intended to ensure consistent tax treatment.

Now, however, Finance is proposing a new loophole for parking fees paid by hospital patients and visitors.

It will go ahead with amendments to eliminate the tax exemption for parking provided by a charity set up or used by a municipality, university, public college or school.

The department says it will accept public comments on the proposal until Feb. 24.

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