Federal minister warns provinces homeowners of the risks of paying under the table

Staff ~ The Telegram
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National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield announced today the launch of an Atlantic-wide campaign that urges homeowners to get written contracts and receipts from contractors when renovating or repairing their homes.
According to a news release, the campaign will build upon previous "Get it in Writing!" campaigns conducted by the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA), and will feature television, Internet, radio and print advertisements.
The campaign will be complemented by the distribution of Homeowner Toolkits, with information and tips for consumers repairing or renovating their homes. The CRA will also be delivering the message at home shows and other community events this summer.
"The fact is, if Newfoundland and Labrador homeowners pay under the table for home repairs and renovations, they are participating in the underground economy," Ashfield said. "It's risky and it's wrong. Homeowners need to be aware that paying under the table is no deal - there is no warranty, no recourse for poor workmanship and there is potential for financial risks if an injury takes place on their property. Getting it in writing is the best way to know you are protecting yourself."
For more information on the underground economy and tips on how to "Get it in Writing!", go to www.cra.gc.ca/undergroundeconomy.

Organizations: Canadian Home Builders

Geographic location: Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Your fear-mongering tactics aren't going to work, the only thing that matters is money, and we aren't paying taxes if we don't have to. The rich people hide their money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes, so why should we have to pay you taxes for something we don't have to ? Sorry, those fear-mongering reasons just don't cut the mustard, go after the super-rich with their offshore accounts first and then maybe we'll consider.

  • Brenda
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Bob,

    It seems that you and the rich who hide their money offshore have one thing - you both have no personal values. You come off even worse as you are envious of those with money.

  • sailor
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I paid in $58000 in taxes last year. I think thats enough for them. If I can get a deal and not have to pay more taxes....I am not going to feel bad

  • Gerry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Someone should tell the national revenue minister paying:
    - approximately -26% federal income tax;
    -anywhere from approximately 10% to 24% provincal tax (10% Alta; 24% Que; 17.2 % NL);
    -.73% EI;
    -4.95% CPP / QPP;
    -municipal tax;
    -fuel tax;
    -HST tax;
    etc;
    etc;
    etc;

    IS JUST WRONG!

  • willy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    If I'm going to pay somebody $ 500 to build me a deck, don't think I'll be too much worried about any long term warranty or having a written contract drawn up. Welcome to the real world, Mr. National Revenue Minister !!!

  • Bob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Your fear-mongering tactics aren't going to work, the only thing that matters is money, and we aren't paying taxes if we don't have to. The rich people hide their money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes, so why should we have to pay you taxes for something we don't have to ? Sorry, those fear-mongering reasons just don't cut the mustard, go after the super-rich with their offshore accounts first and then maybe we'll consider.

  • Brenda
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Bob,

    It seems that you and the rich who hide their money offshore have one thing - you both have no personal values. You come off even worse as you are envious of those with money.

  • sailor
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    I paid in $58000 in taxes last year. I think thats enough for them. If I can get a deal and not have to pay more taxes....I am not going to feel bad

  • Gerry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Someone should tell the national revenue minister paying:
    - approximately -26% federal income tax;
    -anywhere from approximately 10% to 24% provincal tax (10% Alta; 24% Que; 17.2 % NL);
    -.73% EI;
    -4.95% CPP / QPP;
    -municipal tax;
    -fuel tax;
    -HST tax;
    etc;
    etc;
    etc;

    IS JUST WRONG!

  • willy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    If I'm going to pay somebody $ 500 to build me a deck, don't think I'll be too much worried about any long term warranty or having a written contract drawn up. Welcome to the real world, Mr. National Revenue Minister !!!