Québec Conservative Party Wants Tax Equity for Cab Drivers

Montreal, April 29, 2016 – Adrien Pouliot, leader of the Quebec Conservative Party, asked today that cab drivers be treated on the same basis as Uber drivers from a sales tax standpoint.  He therefore requested that the government abolish the QST on rides by cab drivers who make less than $30,000 per year.

“It is not fair to treat cab drivers differently than Uber drivers.  The government should create the conditions so that cab drivers can compete on a level playing field with Uber drivers.  The law says that small entrepreneurs don’t have to collect and remit the QST if they make less than $30,000 per year.  Uber drivers fall into that category.  But the tax laws specifically prohibit cab drivers from benefitting from that exemption.  That is simply unfair” said Mr. Pouliot.

The exemption was introduced so small entrepreneurs can avoid the administrative burden of collecting and remitting the QST when the weight of the paperwork becomes disproportionate to the size of the revenues collected.  “By reducing the burden shouldered by cab drivers, they would become more competitive with Uber drivers who don’t have to collect these taxes » concluded Mr. Pouliot.

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