New alcohol tax upsets restaurant, bar owners

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 11/21/2012 5:11:00 PM

Restaurant and bar owners are hopping mad over the Marois government's new special tax on alcohol that they have found out is retroactive.

"A lot of our members are calling us today and they are in shock," said Dominique Tremblay, spokesperson for the Quebec Restaurants Association. They're denouncing the fact that the new tax applies to all stock of previously bought booze, adding it's crazy that their members were called on to do an overnight inventory as the tax kicked in and to send the cheque in by December 22.

"If a restaurant owner has 2000 bottles of wine, in his cellar, he will have to pay $750 of taxes on those bottles that he already bought," Tremblay told CJAD News.

Peter Sergakis, president of the Union of Bar Owners of Quebec, said the government is out of touch with their reality.

"I have 40 places, we're talking about thousands and thousands and thousands of bottles," Sergakis said.

"Measure the alcohol you have, and you have to adjust the taxes you're paying on it. It doesn't make sense. They're so hungry for money."

Sergakis said it'll mean thousands of dollars extra to pay for an industry that is already struggling in tough times, made a little tougher with no NHL hockey.

Photo: Flickr user Lynda Giddens

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  1. Geo posted on 11/21/2012 07:45 PM
    Well, I totally agree with Mr. Sergakis. Let's put this in a more direct light.
    If you bought a television at Best Buy 3 weeks ago, and all of the sudden the PQ government introduced a retroactive TV tax and sent you a bill for 80 extra bucks, would you object ? Yes. How ridiculous. Marois is so out-of-touch with real life, it seems almost fantasy.
  2. Ian posted on 11/22/2012 02:18 AM
    I feel very sorry for my fellow Quebec citizens, the least charitable by far of all Canadians. Every month we go to Ottawa to visit. While there we buy our booze requirements for a month. Every 3 mos we drive to RI and we go down with a shopping list and as we pass through NH we stop off and purchase tax free goods and 4 bottles of wine. Last trip was $820 so Quebec/Canada lost at least $125 in taxes to say 0 about the gasoline and the savings on the items themselves. We look forward to many future trips outside of Quebec as it is indeed not a pleasure to support QC with out sales tax $$$. While in QC we do whatever is possible to work under the table. Vive le 0 taxe!
  3. Rudolph S posted on 11/22/2012 06:31 AM
    only PQ airheads can think of such a scheme to retroactively tax people. Marois should now tax the redsquare twits for the beer they consumed during their rampae through the city. This government will tax itself out of existence, I hope when Marois goes to NewYork on her Propaganda trip,the guys in the " Dragon's Den " willhave a few good questions for her.... omg..they will speak english
  4. Terry posted on 11/22/2012 07:37 AM
    New Hampshire has no state taxes. Vermont is only six per cent. Enjoy yourself saving money in the states. Been there, done that. But working under the table and avoiding paying your fair share for services like health care and education is so wrong. You may be able to work under the table but the rest of us end up paying more taxes so you can get a free ride. No justification whatsoever for that. I hate this government just as much as you do but I will never use that as an excuse to not pay my fair share.
  5. wrapper posted on 11/22/2012 07:51 AM
    What a backwards place.

    Is this the same government that taxed the Legions.
  6. Rickie posted on 11/22/2012 09:17 AM
    This is her way of being able to give the damn students the non tuition hike and "free" education she promised. Hmmm so now the bars and restos are going to raise their charges and then what? Those students will still be paying the tuition hikes through the restos and bars. This is going to lead to more businesses shutting down more people being out of work more people leaving this province. Almost feels like we are becoming a 3rd World Country. This is such an ass backwards govt it is killing me. Too bad ... People used to be jealous of me for living here. Now they pity me!!!!
  7. J.S. posted on 11/22/2012 09:40 AM
    This PROVINCE not country is a farce. I feel bad for the bar owners , however I bet you some of them voted for this gang of morons and to them I say cheers you got what you asked for.
  8. Mike D posted on 11/22/2012 09:45 AM
    The restaurants will be charging us more for booze right away anyway so it will not cost them anything.
  9. Diane Freeman posted on 11/22/2012 12:16 PM
    This is nuts who will buy anything if you can be taxed retroactively?? Businesses should get together with the business associations and sue! Start a Facebook page to get support from the population etc.
  10. gnicolson posted on 11/22/2012 12:35 PM
    lmao..well, well, in an opinion that really has little to value on these boards,
    this is nothing but a test...if little or no sign of uprising from the bars and restaurants occur..
    then i almost guarantee the next step will another industry will be targeted.
    maybe clothing,or possibly the automobile industry...

    all it seems to be doing is testing the waters..
    she got what she wanted..Political office....and certainly not off the backs of the Anglo or business communities here.
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