MP Cheryl Gallant Says Liberal Tax on Employee Rewards, Targets Working Class

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke… Cheryl Gallant, MP is confirming her determination to oppose tax hikes imposed by the Trudeau government on employees who are rewarded with employee discounts.

“One of the ways employers are able to reward employees in the retail and food service industries is by offering discounts for food and merchandise. By taxing an employee who works in a restaurant or who drives the loaner car home from the repair shop when it is not being used, puts an unreasonable burden on the employee as well as the shop owner,” observed Cheryl Gallant, MP.

Under the new rules, local business owners will now need to track each time for example, a waitress gets a discount on food or a shoe salesmen gets money off on footwear. This is so the government can tax these workers more, without having to say that it raised taxes in its last budget.

“When the Liberals said they would go after ‘wealthy tax cheats’ this is what they meant: hard-working waitresses having a pizza at midnight after an eight hour shift or a fitness trainer who gets a gym membership with his job,” said MP Gallant. “Now local business owners will need to keep track of employee rewards so the government can collect higher taxes on these wage earners.”

While the Retail Council warned the Finance Committee about the change in September, most MPs believed it had to be a mistaken interpretation, until today.

“This latest Liberal tax increase will target those who can least afford to pay more. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ‘family fortune’, as he likes to call it, will be untouched once again.”

“If the government wants to tax the difference between the ‘fair market value of the merchandise purchased’ and the price paid, then perhaps that rule should apply to the Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau and his family enjoyed thousands of dollars of vacation benefits paid by wealthy friends and he should pay tax on that price discount.”

“The Prime Minister has set the tone with his bad spending. By attacking our local businesses and family farmers, and calling them tax cheats, he has unleashed the tax collectors to hound all hardworking Canadians for more money.”

“There is an alternative. Prime Minister: get government spending under control, so you will no longer need to pick the pockets of working people,” concluded Cheryl Gallant, MP