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SHOPS and restaurants could face fines up to $1.1 million if waiters or sales staff wrongly blame the carbon tax for price rises or exaggerate the impact. The prices watchdog, the ACCC, will today launch its countdown to the July 1 carbon tax with a special focus on helping small businesses understand their obligations and consumers to be vigilant for false claims.
- Power costs are to rise due to the carbon dioxide tax;
- Shopping centres have flagged rent rises due to the carbon dioxide tax, and
- Council rates are destined to rise due to the carbon dioxide tax.