12 October 2017 – Niagara Centre, ON
Minister of National Revenue Clarifies CRA Error
It has recently come to the Government’s attention that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released information pertaining to the taxable benefits of retail employees that was not sanctioned by the Minister of National Revenue.
As such, I would like to clarify any misconception that the public may have, and assure all those working in the retail sector, that there will be no changes to existing laws pertaining to taxable benefits, and that the Government of Canada will not be going after those who work in retail. The document issued by CRA does not reflect our government’s intentions and the Minister of National Revenue has instructed officials to clarify the wording.
“Our Government recognizes the important role that the retail sector and those working in it play in our communities and in our economy. There have been no changes to the laws governing taxable benefits to retail employees. We are not targeting individuals working in retail. The Agency issued a guidance document to mainly provide assistance for employers and is committed to further clarifying the wording of the guidance to reflect this”
– The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
“While this has been an unfortunate occurrence, I would like to reassure the hard-working individuals of Niagara Centre that the Government of Canada will not targeting their taxable benefits. The government recognizes the important role that the retail sector, and those working in it, play in our communities and in our economy.”
– Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament, Niagara Centre
Office of Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre