Tax break coming for tool-buying technicians in training

ST. THOMAS, Ont. — The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada served notice that federal Minister of Finance Paul Martin will introduce tax relief for apprentice technicians this fall.

The news came following the recent Heavy Duty Distributors Council’s (HDDC) annual meeting. For the past few years HDDC has worked with the AIA and other automotive associations in lobbying the government for deductibility of expenses incurred by a mechanic for tools required in employment.

After several failed attempts to win tax concessions from Ottawa, the AIA has advised their fellow sponsors on the issue that the Minister’s office has assured the industry relief for vehicle apprentice technicians will be tabled this near the end of this calendar year.

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