Metis leaders argue for same tax benefits as other elected officials

OTTAWA — Senior leaders at Canada’s largest Metis organization are vowing to keep up their fight in order to get the same tax-free treatment on their expense allowances as other people elected to public office.

They say they perform similar duties as other elected officials and should be entitled to the same benefits.

The Canada Revenue Agency disagreed in one case, prompting a lengthy battle in the Tax Court of Canada over reassessments that increased the annual taxable income of Metis National Council vice-president David Chartrand by tens of thousands of dollars.

In a second case, auditors flagged the tax treatment of a portion of council president Clement Chartier’s salary as a potential problem if the agency took issue with it.

The two cases raised interesting legal questions about whether elected representatives of the council and its provincial affiliates are entitled to the same tax-free benefits as their municipal and…

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