UPDATE: Taxman targets taxi tax evasion

Trying to build on the recent success they had in targeting the restaurant sector, Revenue Quebec is now setting its sights on the taxi industry.

Revenue Quebec has put out a call for tenders to supply tax calculation software on taxi meters.

It's estimated that the Quebec government loses $73 million a year in uncollected taxes on cab fares.

The Journal de Montreal says tests on the software programme will begin in the fall.

Revenue Quebec spokesman Stephane Dion says the taxi industry supports the move.

"One year ago, we created a committee to bring together the entire industry [around the question of tax evasion]." he said. "The industry's answer was very positive.

"Tax evasion in the taxi sector creates unfair competition for those who do respect our tax law."

Two years ago when the tax calculation software was installed on restaurant cash registers owners received government subsides of about three thousand dollars to defray the cost.

Since then, the government has recovered $412 million dollars in additional tax revenue.

Installing the software in Quebec bars and brasseries is also on the table.

The measure was contained in the budget tabled by the former PQ government in March but was never adopted.

The Couillard government is expected to revive the proposal in its upcoming budget.

It's estimated that such a move would generate about $40 million per year in additional tax revenue.

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  1. Terry posted on 05/14/2014 08:44 AM
    Great news. Now they should concentrate on the home renovation business. This past week my friends got a quote for refinishing a wood floor. Contractor demanded cash only while the government offers home renovation tax credit.
  2. Fustrated citizen posted on 05/14/2014 10:10 AM
    Quebec should have a hotline on tax evaders..still resturants don't give receipts on take outs..especially when they collect the taxes and never remit!!
  3. JohnH- posted on 05/14/2014 11:18 AM
    The Gov. always brags about how much money they collect in taxes. But, they never say how much it cost to administrate the collection of the taxes.
  4. Paul posted on 05/14/2014 12:22 PM
    It's a pity that we cannot have the same "checks and balance" machines installed for our self-serving politicians and civil servants.
    If we did,we could have saved $500 million on the metro car purchase alone.
    Imagine what we could have saved if we had installed them at Montreal city hall and Transport Quebec.
  5. Some-guy posted on 05/14/2014 04:17 PM
    Such a system will only be fair if it is installed in all industries. I never get a receipt at the pump, or the barber, or even at the dry cleaners. It's not fair to target restaurants and taxi cabs when everyone else is obviously performing tax evasion.
    If I don't get a receipt at a restaurant I make a complaint, but for other industries I can't know if they have "fake" receipts. Install it everywhere and then everyone should be on the same page.
    I've noticed many restaurants are now "under new management" or they have gone out of business. How many people are on welfare now because of that? Is that factored in their revenue? What about business and property taxes? Income taxes?
    We need a bigger picture to know if this is working. I don't think it works by selectively targeting one industry when it's such a common occurance to see "Compant seulement" everywhere else.
  6. LMAO posted on 05/15/2014 06:28 AM
    Maybe they should go after the PQ for the lost tax dollars from the people they have forced out of Quebec.
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