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e-3624 (Taxation)

Initiated by Brian Lord from Windsor, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of National Revenue

  • Thousands of Windsor-Essex residents commute to the United States of America (USA) for work and bring back millions of dollars to the region’s economy by creating three to four times the jobs in the region due to the compounding effect;
  • COVID-19 has triggered Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules that pre-date the need and success of remote-working and its allowance by most corporations, and these rules have led to an unsustainable increase of taxes on commuters due to double taxation of the US Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and 401(k) withholdings through a direct impact on foreign tax credit;
  • The potential exists to propel many commuters to move to the USA instead of living in Windsor-Essex;
  • US employers may start letting Canadian commuters go to eliminate the costs of running a separate Canadian payroll; and
  • If the CRA’s interpretation of taxation of commuters is not updated immediately, it could lead to collapse of the commuter-community, and have an adverse impact on Windsor-Essex’ economy and cause unemployment for thousands of competent residents or drive a mass exodus.
We, the undersigned, members of the cross-border commuter-community and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of National Revenue to:
1. Kindly eliminate double taxation upon Windsor-Essex commuters and grant full foreign tax credits for FICA and 401(k) withholdings;
2. To make the CRA’s 2020 temporary international income tax relief from Section VII permanent for commuters to work from home in Canada, rather than let the old rules apply; and
3. Enact measures so that US companies employing Canadian commuters are not required to hold a separate Canadian payroll for such employees, in order to remove the new disincentive for employing Canadians.
Open for signature
October 28, 2021, at 2:11 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 25, 2022, at 2:11 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Irek Kusmierczyk (Windsor—Tecumseh)
May 11, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00439)
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Liberal Caucus
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