My husband and I recently spent a very nice weekend in Niagara Falls. On our first day there, we went in to a lovely shop in Clifton to purchase some souvenirs. The sales clerk was very helpful and also advised us of the taxes and fees being charged in Canada.
The following taxes will apply to your purchase, dining, and lodging in Niagara Falls:
HST/TVH - Hamonized Sales Tax up to 14%
TPS/GST - Goods & Services Tax 6%
TVQ/PST - Provincial Sales Tax
PF - Promotional Fee 3.39%
DPF/DMF - Destination Marketing Fee 3%
There are many other tax and fee abbreviations, however, it seems to get quite confusing. My understanding of this is that the "fees" are voluntary. Although they are automatically added on to your bills, you can ask to have them removed prior to paying for your purchase, hotel, dining, etc.
Perhaps somebody more familiar with the area can help to shed some additional light on all these taxes and fees.
Just on our hotel alone, we saved $32.31 by asking to have this fee removed. It was bad enough that we ended up spending over $140.00 just in taxes alone.
Travelers, be careful of the taxes vs. fees. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THE FEES!
All in all a nice trip, albeit and expensive one.