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Chamber invites federal finance minister to explain employee tax
SANDRA M STANWAY
Brooks Bulletin

The Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce has invited Bill Morneau to Brooks to explain his plan to implement a tax on employee discounts.
Following an outcry over the issue last month, the federal government states on its webpage, “discounts on merchandise and commissions from personal purchases is currently under review.”
But that’s not good enough for the local chamber, so they want Morneau to attend in person to explain what is happening.
Kyle Franz, the chamber’s director of member relations, said the chamber would also like to ask the finance minister how the small business tax will affect Brooks and area local businesses.
If he doesn’t attend, the chamber will invite the Opposition member for finance Pierre Poilievre.
“According to the Canada Revenue Agency, business owners must now keep track of each item an employee purchases and tax the dollar amount it was discounted by,” states a news release from the chamber.
That means an employee would have to pay tax on an item they receive on a discounted bases.
“The proposed changes will be a nightmare logistically for small business,” said Sarah Bisbee, the chamber vice-president.
“This change really hits small cities like Brooks hard,” said Franz.
“We are calling on the federal government to reverse this decision immediately.”
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