Speaker try­Ing to re­cover taxes from ex­tra pay­ments

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HAL­I­FAX (CP) — Nova Sco­tia leg­is­la­ture Speaker Char­lie Parker says em­ploy­ees of pro­vin­cial politi­cians who owe taxes af­ter re­ceiv­ing ex­tra pay­ments will be is­sued a T4 slip.

Parker says that as far as he knows, no in­come tax has been paid on any of that money.

In a re­port ear­lier this month, au­di­tor gen­eral Jac­ques La­pointe raised con­cerns about taxes ow­ing by con­stituency staff for ex­tra pay­ments they re­ceived be­tween 2006 and 2009.

La­pointe found that 30 mem­bers made ex­tra pay­ments to­talling al­most $186,000 over that three-year pe­riod to their staff.

He also found that 44 mem­bers paid more than $410,000 to 157 staff who were not paid through the Speaker’s Of­fice.

Parker says all em­ploy­ees ow­ing taxes will be is­sued a T4 for 2009 and the past years, where pos­si­ble.

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