Each level of government levies taxes in a variety of ways. The federal and provincial government have income tax. When you file your taxes each year, a portion of what you paid goes to the federal government and a portion goes to the provincial government. Businesses too pay a federal and a provincial corporate income tax rate. The federal and provincial governments also levy consumption and excise taxes like the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), Goods and Services Tax (GST), tobacco tax, and motive fuel tax. HST in Nova Scotia is 15% – a federal portion (5%) and a provincial portion (10%). When you pay property taxes on your home, or put money in a parking metre, that revenue goes to your municipal government.