N.S. Speaker attempting to recover taxes from extra payments made to staff

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia legislature Speaker Charlie Parker says employees of provincial politicians who owe taxes after receiving extra payments will be issued a T4 slip.
Parker says that as far as he knows, no income tax has been paid on any of that money.
In a report earlier this month, auditor general Jacques Lapointe raised concerns about taxes owing by constituency staff for extra payments they received between 2006 and 2009.
Lapointe found that 30 members made extra payments totalling almost $186,000 over that three-year period to their staff.
He also found that 44 members paid more than $410,000 to 157 staff who were not paid through the Speaker's Office.
Parker says all employees owing taxes will be issued a T4 for 2009 and the past years, where possible.
He says his office has not heard from Revenue Canada about the taxes owing, but remains ready to co-operate should they decide to investigate.

Organizations: Revenue Canada

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  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Good proposal Greg....let me know when your ready to go....I'll get my hammer and cutters.

  • Constituent
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The sad part is, the expenditures that are coming out are what they were within their guild lines, can you imagine what some of them did behind closed doors? Scary thoughts.

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Perhaps it's time for a good old general strike. Shut the province down for a day or two. Not only does it REALLY hurt them at home it also makes the story international... some react to embarassment more than others.

  • Bruce
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The NDP have white washed right before your eyes. The NDP Government lead by Darrell Dexter has opened the door for all the crooks who stole tax dollars to walk away. Give it back and walk away. You hands are clean and no investigation can take place because we've forgiven you. Also T4's. If this was me ordinary citizen the tax department would have been all over them from the start and with fines and penalties and interest they would have owed twice what they would have, For the government and high ranking civil servants? oops..... ok just issue the T4's months or years late no problem. You know now where you stand in the food chain with the NDP same place you stood with the PC's and Liberals, at the bottom.
    Bruce DeVenne

  • Constituent
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I think the PC's got the Ball rolling, this is just Darrell making sure it's complete. Just because most of them were replaced, doesn't mean they're not held accountable.

  • Greg
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Fuzzy Bear, the only problem is that having them there doesn't stop them from their deviant behaviour, it only makes it easier for them to loot and pillage.

    I say, next time the legislature sits, somebody sneak up and board up all the doors and windows, cut the power and phones, and seal them all inside where they can't do anymore damage. We'll hire somebody to slide bread and water under the door once a day.

  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Well said Bruce!!! You know the more I think of it Cumberland Co. really doesn't need a jail that will house 100 or so inmates who may or may not be guilty of some crime. We have a place in Halifax where you seem to be able to put any number of real honest to goodness crooks, shysters and deviants. And the good news is we don't even need to have armed guards protecting it.
    It's called parliament house!!

  • sparky00
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I guess old Darrell opened pandora's box now, didn't he? And his solution to the problem? I'll stayaway and hope the problem disappears before i get back. Unreal.