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Military and police deployed overseas will get tax exemptions, Sajjan says

Post by Loader on Thu 18 May 2017, 19:45

By Murray Brewster, CBC News Posted: May 18, 2017 1:07 PM ET Last Updated: May 18, 2017 5:50 PM ET

The salaries of Canadian soldiers and police officers serving on recognized overseas missions will no longer be federally taxed,
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Thursday. The tax exempt status is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017, and will apply to the 1,450
personnel who are currently deployed on international operations.

The cost of the program is currently pegged as a $43 million per year, a calculation based on revenue that will not be collected.
The tax free status had previously been tied to the level of risk associated with each mission; the higher the risk, the more likely
the benefit would kick in. Troops in Kuwait lost the tax-free status last fall when the mission's risk level was downgraded. 

The changes announced Thursday essentially remove that caveat and put each overseas assignment on the same level. 
But the cost of the policy will likely rise because the Liberal government intends to send more troops and police overseas in
the coming months and years as part of a renewed involvement in United Nations peacekeeping.

Some members deployed in Kuwait have complained they were being unfairly treated because of changes that removed their
tax-exempt status. Troops serving in dangerous or difficult assignments will still get extra pay in the form of a hardship allowance.

"This is just one portion of the defence policy, which is going to be focusing on our people," Sajjan said prior to
addressing the graduating class at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.

Later during his speech to newly minted officers, Sajjan laid down other markers that will, in all likelihood, be addressed in the
long-anticipated defence policy. The defence policy will be released on June 7 after over a year of consultation.

Approach to care insufficient

The Canadian government has an obligation to the people who serve, Sajjan said.
"It is my view that successive governments have not always held up their end of the bargain nearly well enough," he said.
"The fact is, our whole approach to care is insufficient to meet the challenges of a modern military and the needs of our women
and men who serve."

The Defence Department has been inundated with complaints — and sometimes embarrassing public stories — from retiring members 
who often go months before receiving pension cheques and severance payments. There are gaps in benefits coverage and confusing
requirements, particularly for those facing medical release.

The problems are the result of not having "enough trained staff to offer the level of support our members need," Sajjan told the cadets,
without pointing at cuts by the previous Conservative government — something he has done in the past. "After serving Canada for years,
some Canadian Armed Forces members report feeling abandoned, uncared for and the victims of a broken system," he said.

"Making the transition to civilian life has been too hard and the frustrations of red tape are too numerous. This is not the message of gratitude
a government should be sending troops at the end of their military careers. We need a new approach."

Insufficient support

It is unclear whether the upcoming defence policy will address these long-standing concerns, but Sajjan's remarks raise the bar of expectation.
The minister also noted gaps in the military health system.

"We see the strains of over-extension when it comes to taking care of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families," he said. "Having too few
people in critical support roles means the level and quality of care has been inconsistent."

The comments are significant because senior members of the military and successive defence ministers over the years have appeared
before House of Commons committees defending Canadian Forces Health Services as "among the best in the world."

No simple solution to college concerns

Sajjan also addressed low morale, suspected suicides and alleged sexual misconduct at the college, an issue that was the subject of a
recent report. The analysis, released by the chief of the defence staff in March, found leadership tension, negative role models and some
cadets afraid to ask for help.

The 227-page report listed a variety of administrative and institutional reasons for the problems, including "inadequate" training for new military
and academic staff. But the assessment rejected the notion there is a culture of bullying and sexual misconduct.

"There are no simple answers to how we deal with these challenges," Sajjan said. "There is no single cause we can eradicate overnight.
If there was, we'd do exactly that. But you should know the government of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces chain of command
are focused on taking whatever steps are necessary to ensure the college and the entire military family emerge stronger than ever before."
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Re: Military and police deployed overseas will get tax exemptions, Sajjan says

Post by red510 on Thu 18 May 2017, 23:45

It should be retro-active to past operations as well - not just 2017. Why not 2016? Or back to 2010? Or earlier.....

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Re: Military and police deployed overseas will get tax exemptions, Sajjan says

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 19 May 2017, 06:11

Still won't join?
Don't blame you.
When you are used up and placed aside like a broken toggle, don't expect any real help from VAC.
Fill out the forms and wait 20 years and wait some more and fill out more forms.
True storey.
Besides, a toggle that doesn't fit in, is a burden to the system (Green Machine).
Nice! I spent many years at "what's it called MRI commando platoon and no one helping me out!"
Talked to a Petty officer the other day that I formerly worked with and he was ashamed of the mentality of the people that was at my last place of employment, I thought they were there helping me out, they weren't.
The kiss ass system is what gets you the job, got to love it.
Kick out your elite from the CAF to fend for themselves, thanks.
No wonder no one wants to join.
Brought up by a true Airborne (he was some pissed when "they" disbanded the Regiment)!
Incentive to join, unless they make changes now, conscript? Mandatory time?
Numbers are falling and social media will keep "them" (the buffoons at the top) accountable.
Don't fool yourself. All politician  remain in the same tightly knit circle (example; same circle of politicians here in Halifax, running the province).
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Re: Military and police deployed overseas will get tax exemptions, Sajjan says

Post by Dannypaj on Fri 19 May 2017, 06:50

So, what I am basically reading from this article? "The Government of Canada can take away or provide resources to support the troops whenever they dam want to!"
You can be deployed and have your pension act removed or even be injured prior and not be grandfathered.
Thanks = Respect, Compassion and the best of Care.
It is now a common occurrence that more veterans are speaking up.
Wonder why?
We are not subjects, peasants, commoners, or whatever they refer us to.
We can speak to the media (but be advised they may not be your friend as well) when it is in the best interest of our veterans, Eh!
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Sailors complain they’re not getting tax relief promised by the Liberals

Post by Guest on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 18:20

Sailors complain they’re not getting tax relief promised by the Liberals

David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: June 20, 2017 | Last Updated: June 20, 2017 11:51 AM EDT

One of the highlights of the new Liberal defence policy is the income tax relief plan for Canadian military personnel.

That tax break is on salaries earned while overseas. “In order to ensure that Canadian Armed Forces members are treated equally on deployment, all troops deployed on any named international operations will be exempted from paying federal income tax on their salary to the level of Lieutenant-Colonel,” the new defence policy noted. “This is in addition to the allowances awarded to compensate for hardship and risk.”

The Chief of the Defence Staff is the authority to designate those “named operations,” according to the policy.

The initiative is retroactive to January 2017.

Word has come in from a number of family members of Canadian Forces personnel taking part in Poseidon Cutlass 17 that there was discontent that the latest pay cheques didn’t take into account the income tax relief. And there are questions whether these military personnel will qualify for the benefit.

Poseidon Cutlass involves HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Ottawa on a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asian Pacific Region. That involves various exercises at sea, port visits, etc.

“When they were paid last week they were fully taxed and were given various explanations by their superiors as to why the exemption now didn’t apply to them,” one family member wrote Defence Watch. “The worst excuse given was that the mission name has now been changed mid voyage to “Exercise” Poseidon Cutlass.”

So what is happening?

I asked the Canadian Forces/RCN. The first response was that Poseidon Cutlass was indeed an exercise and not an operation, so the new income tax benefit didn’t apply.

But the RCN continued digging and came back with a new answer. They, like the other services, are still working their way through the new income tax rules. A major meeting will be held at the end of the month to sort these types of issues out.

It was also pointed out that since the income tax benefit is retroactive to January 2017, those who qualify will eventually get it. It just might take time.


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