A group of truckers and other traveling workers in Canada is
suing that nation’s federal government, claiming that its tax policies on meal
allowances discriminate against them.
In the case, filed against tax agency Revenue Canada in the
Supreme Court of British Columbia, the truckers point out that under Canadian
law, they are allowed to deduct roughly $22.50 each day for meal allowances,
while federal government workers under the same circumstances are allowed to
deduct $73.10 a day.
addition, the private sector workers must produce receipts to prove their
deductions, according to the text of the suit; federal workers do not have to
show receipts to receive their much larger deductions.
lawsuit was filed on behalf of 11 truckers, but would apply to all traveling
workers who are part of the nation’s private sector. Johnston, Johnson
& Company of Summerland, British Columbia – the law firm representing the plaintiffs – said in a news
release that as many as 300,000 Canadians could be affected.
The law firm estimates that the additional taxation amounts
to as much as 2.7 billion Canadian dollars each year.