11 Jan

MSPs should be a ‘major campaign issue’: CTF

first_imgHowever, Bateman argues regardless of what math you use to digest the written-off numbers, they’re more proof that MSP taxes are both unfair and inefficient. He says its time they became, a major election campaign issue.Yet, another premium increase in the 2016-17 budget means they’ve been hiked nearly 40 per cent over the past five years.  Bateman notes even Premier Clark admits the MSP is, ‘unfair, illogical, antiquated and nonsensical.’ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Using a document obtained by a Freedom of Information request, the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released some new information on what he calls a ‘truly regressive’ tax system: medical services premiums.Jordan Bateman argues the B.C. government has written off more than $340 million in MSP tax debt over the past six years. He claims other documents obtained by the Federation in a previous FOI request showed more than 850,000 MSP tax payments were at least 31 days past due.He concluded that, while the government can still legally try and get the money, writing it off is an admission — it’s unlikely to ever recoup it, and pressure needs to be kept on the Liberals to reform the way B.C. taxpayers pay for healthcare.- Advertisement -The newly-obtained document shows annual amounts written-off since 2010, with a ‘very skewed’ and unexplained total of $157.5 million in 2013.That’s nearly three times the next nearest total of $54.9 million in 2014, and nearly ten times more than the lowest annual amount of $16.3 million in 2011.Last year’s amount was $40.6 million — which was slightly higher than the five year average, minus the 2013 total.Advertisementlast_img read more