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Paying for parking, even if they don’t drive

The Toronto Police Association says all 8,300 officers on the Toronto force will end up paying to park at work — even if they don’t drive.

The Toronto Police Association says all 8,300 officers on the Toronto force will end up paying to park at work — even if they don’t drive.

Association president Mike McCormack said Canada Revenue Agency has decided that having the option to park at police stations is a taxable benefit.

McCormack said the taxman is looking for three years of back taxes and that could amount to “thousands of dollars” for each officer.

He said the parking at police facilities is available for a number of reasons, including security. And he said because policing is a 24-7 operation, public transportation simply isn’t available for many officers.

Firefighters and teachers are exempt from the taxable benefit, McCormack said.

McCormack said Canada Revenue Agency hasn’t put a value on parking yet, but said the taxes will have to be paid before the association can appeal the ruling.

 
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