This is a week where I haven’t been following news broadcasts closely, so when my neighbor knocked on my door to show me a letter she had just written to CTV`s Pat Foran, I was shocked to learn that what worried my brother was in fact actually happening. Not only do the rich get richer, the poor get more knocked around. This Canada we live in today I don’t recognize. No longer can we count on our government for social justice. And Veterans, what my neighbor protests hits you in the same place as it does her — in your pocket book — and eventually in mine when I retire!!
Here is the report CTV Pat Foran broadcast February 27, 2012: Tax refunds : The government’s plan to pay tax refunds in monthly installments to some low to moderate income earners has infuriated taxpayers who were expecting a lump-sum cheque.
When I searched Canada Revenue looking for information about this new ruling, there was no clear-cut statement — only a heading for REFUNDS. You would have to search through tax forms to find if there were directions indicating this change in ruling. BONNIETO: Pat Foran, Consumer Alert CTV Toronto P.O. Box 9, Station ‘O’ Scarborough, ON, M4A 2M9
This is my feedback on the income tax story on air February 27, 2012.
To put it mildly, I’m infuriated. It’s my opinion, (I believe I’m still entitled to have one) that this is a form of discrimination, segregation, degradation and prejudice against low- to moderate-income people by denying them a full tax refund. Evelyn Jacks, a tax expert, insinuated in the broadcast, on CTV news, it will help lower income people to better budget their money. How demoralizing this sounded! In the same broadcast, this woman talks about putting your refund back into RSPS. Obviously, that right has been taken away from many people with these reforms. Furthermore, the government should be the last one to comment on budgeting. They haven’t set a stellar example in the budgeting department themselves. Stop. Ask yourself, when has the government ever done anything in the best interest of the people? For every tidbit they offer you, count on the fact they’re taking it back double somewhere else.
Bottom line: the all-powerful CRA collects our money all year to spend the way they want. Why should everyone not continue receiving a lump sum to spend how we choose? Is this democracy or leaning more to dictatorship? Are we to be forced into taking out loans (if we even qualify) and paying interest to pay for a much needed item? Will we be forced to go to places that offer cash back on our income tax and lose a large portion of our return (if this will still be allowed)?
Also, I believe there’s more to these reforms that we’re being told. Are they short of money due to mismanagement of funds, paying out huge severances to fraudulent government CEO’s, immigration, undeserved pensions for two terms in office, billions of dollars sent to aid other countries, bailouts, or paying huge amounts for reports and consultations that are ignored? You get the picture.
I was curious what the cost to all taxpayers was going to be to issue these monthly cheques and if the CRA would need to hire additional staff to handle this, so I called the CRA. They referred me to the Ontario Ministry of Finance who I talked to March 2, 2012. Apparently there will be no additional cost or staff required. Should we believe this? I think not. Everything costs. Look at it this way: if you were to receive say $100.00 tax refund and this was paid to you over 12 months, at $8.33 per month, after wages, hydro, equipment, supplies, etc. are figured in, what if this cheque now costs $20.00 to issue each month times how many people every month. The costs are probably staggering, and not just the low- to moderate-income people’s taxes are paying this, every tax payer is. To top it all off, we’re to be grateful for this pittance, which doesn’t justify the amount of all taxes we’re required to pay.
The CRA did confirm we won’t be receiving interest on our tax refund. How stupid do they think we are? They collect our tax money and spend it all year and I’m sure receive interest from their account, then have the audacity to dole it out in monthly payments to us for a year without interest. However, they have no problem charging interest if you owe them.
Why should this group of people have to wait until the summer of 2013 to receive all of their 2011 refund and without interest?
Here’s a novel idea. Why not abolish all the tax credits such as HST, OST, The Child Tax Credit, etc. Once this is done and we have no need to pay all the expenses it takes to operate this sort of program, or the taxes to support them, the money that’s saved could go back into all tax payers’ pockets by lowering the amount of tax they pay. Let the government try “BUDGETING” on less. Oops! Slipped up here didn’t I? Of course this won’t happen as the government would have less money to keeping bailing themselves out of their own stupidity.
I am submitting my email address for input from people: firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to get an overwhelming response. “You can fight City Hall” a program aired by W5 recently, regarding the CRA and their unethical behaviour proved it could be done. The powers-that-be bank on the little people being too poor or too uneducated to fight back. Ask yourself why we’re poor. Do you think it could have something to do with out-of-control government spending, corruption and dishonesty at every level of government?
Do we continue to sit back, and have our future generations fighting as they have in the Middle East to oust corrupt governments? Not my idea of a great legacy to leave.
We have become a very apathetic country because of everything we’ve had shoved down our throats by government. Too many of us have given up. Stand up and be heard. Win or lose at least I can take pride in trying.
Land of milk and honey be damned! Our past and present governments have made sure there’s very little, if any, left for us.