Quebec Association of IT Freelancers (AQIII)

Quebec Association of IT Freelancers (AQIII)
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

May 16, 2012 09:49 ET

Self-Employed Worker's Status: The AQIII and CFIB are Satisfied with Revenu Quebec's Rule Change for IT Workers

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 16, 2012) - Representatives of the Quebec Association of IT Freelancers (AQIII) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are delighted by Revenu Québec's change in rules for determining the status of IT workers. This adjustment results from discussions these groups initiated with Revenu Québec aimed at creating long-term solutions for determining the tax status of micro-entrepreneurs in the IT sector.

"This constitutes major progress in a long-term matter of concern: getting equitable tax status for small IT entrepreneurs. We congratulate Revenu Québec for its cooperation in an issue that takes into account current IT working conditions and that further clarifies the status of workers in the sector who have started businesses or wish to do so. This is excellent news for entrepreneurship.", said Mr. Adrian Dafinei, AQIII's Chairman of the Board.

"Over the past several years, we have been seeking changes in these rules for computer specialists. We commend Revenu Québec for its decision with respect to these professionals. As the socio-economic situations of those working in different economic sectors evolves, the parameters under which tax audits are conducted should be re-examined. Such action ensures tax compliance better adapted to the situations of self-employed workers operating in a constantly evolving field.", explained Ms. Hébert, Vice President, Quebec, of the CFIB.

The AQIII and CFIB spokespersons thanked Revenu Québec staff who directly contributed to resolving this problem, thereby ensuring greater equity among all taxpayers.

Throughout this process, Revenu Québec had stopped issuing tax assessments to such workers, so that it could conduct a more comprehensive review of the situation. Revenu Québec has said that this moratorium has now ended.

The Quebec Association of IT Freelancers (AQIII) is a non-profit organization with over 1,500 experienced self-employed IT specialists. It helps computer specialists obtain IT contracts, promotes networking and information sharing and generates savings through grouped purchasing.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) lobbies the different levels of government on behalf of small businesses. It has 109,000 small business members in Canada, including 24,000 in Quebec. The CFIB is non-partisan and funded solely by member dues.

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