No tax on employee discounts in Canada.
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If you've got an employee discount that is not available to the public at any point in time, then it will be categorized as a taxable benefit. The amount of money you save on the item will then be taxed as according to this new interpretation it is part of your income.
Who receive discounts from the company they work as a perk in exchange for typically less pay, irregular work hours and few other benefits. There are 2 million retail workers in Canada who are usually low income earners or students. The National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier claims that this is not targeting retail workers. It is completely wrong to impose a new interpretation forcing retail workers and retail companies into accounting these small discounts into a separate taxable income to make up for the government's spending. Creating a large amount of completely unnecessary paperwork over small discounts on goods which are already taxed through GST, PST and HST. The Liberals ran their campaign on tax cuts for middle class families by taxing the wealthier 1% at a higher rate, I guess they forgot to add that the lower income class would bear this burden as well.
Please sign this petition to let the Minister know that we are against this small cash grab.
- National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier
- Canada Revenue Agency
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