Boycott National Public Service Week

Boycott National Public Service Week

The National Board of Directors of the PSAC has fully endorsed the boycott of activities being put on by the employer while our sisters and brothers are suffering the very dramatic impacts of work force adjustment.

Those of us who are not directly affected by the measures the employer has set in motion, owe it to our sisters and brothers who are directly affected to stand in solidarity with them. Actions of solidarity in the workplace will send a very strong message to our employers that we are not OK with what is happening.

These actions are part of the We Are All Affected. The boycott of NPSW activities in the workplace is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how we feel and fight back against the ongoing attacks on public services and the workers who provide them.

To add fuel to the fire, Treasury Board president Tony Clement announced plans for sweeping changes to the way federal employees earn and use sick leave. This announcement came on the first day of National Public Service Week, with a public declaration that federal employees are abusing the system. Happy NPSW, indeed

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Taxability of Phoenix damages: Victory for members across the country

Taxability of Phoenix damages: Victory for members across the country


February 23, 2024

In a victory for PSAC members impacted by the Phoenix pay fiasco, PSAC has secured an agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency to treat up to $1,500 of the Phoenix general damages compensation members received in 2021 as non-taxable.  

Under the Phoenix damages agreement negotiated by PSAC in 2020, up to $2,500 in damages was awarded to members who suffered under the Phoenix pay system from 2016 to 2020. PSAC has long stressed that these damages should not have been taxed, and after lengthy deliberations and a Reference filed with the Tax Court of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has agreed that a majority of the damages – those specifically allocated to cover the pain and suffering experienced by workers – are not taxable. Revenu Québec is not a party to the settlement reached with CRA, but has already begun treating other Phoenix taxability objections similarly.  

This decision means that members who file or have already filed a notice of objection regarding the taxation of Phoenix damages will be reimbursed the taxes that should not have been deducted from their damages payment in 2021. In the test case that PSAC brought to the Tax Court, Canada Revenue Agency provided a tax reimbursement of $492, but the amount will vary for individual members based on their location, income, and whether they received the full or partial Phoenix damages payment.

Over the past two years, PSAC has encouraged members to file a notice of objection, or an extension to file a notice of objection. If you did so already, no other action is required at this time.  

All members who have not already filed a notice of objection must file an extension request and notice of objection by April 30, 2024 to be eligible for their Phoenix general damages compensation to be deemed non-taxable.  Please share this information with your current colleagues as well as those who have retired since receiving the payment.

Please complete the steps outlined below as soon as possible to avoid missing the deadline. 

How to be reimbursed taxes on Phoenix damages 

Residents outside of Quebec 

If you have not filed an objection with CRA regarding the tax treatment of any Phoenix damages you’ve received, you can still file a request for an extension of time to object and an individual objection regarding the taxability of the $1,500 portion of Phoenix damages for pain and suffering in your 2021 taxation year.  

Should you instead wish to challenge the taxation of the remaining $1,000 for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreement, you should seek independent tax advice to move forward.  

You do not need to take any action if the following circumstances apply:  

  • You filed an individual objection with CRA to your 2021 tax assessment about the taxability of your Phoenix damages prior to April 30, 2023; or 
  • You filed an individual objection with CRA to your 2021 tax assessment about the taxability of your Phoenix damages and a request for an extension to object after April 30, 2023.  

If the above circumstances do not apply to you, please follow the following steps as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2024, to preserve your rights:  

Option 1: If you have subscribed to CRA My Account for Individuals, you can choose to file your objection online by following the two following steps: 

Step 1: select the “File a Formal Dispute” option on your personal CRA portal, where you can fill the appropriate information relating to your objection; 

Step 2: once your formal dispute is recorded, the second step is to use the “Submit Documents” option to upload an extension request to accompany your objection.  

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE

Option 2: Alternatively, if you have not subscribed to CRA My Account for Individuals, you may choose to submit your objection by mail or fax. 

Step 1: To do so, fill out a notice of objection and an extension request. Pre-populated forms and detailed instructions can be found here.  

Step 2: Once the forms are printed and filled, you can choose to mail or fax them to the following address or fax numbers. We recommend you send your materials by registered mail to ensure they are received: 

Appeals Intake Centre 
Chief of Appeals 
Appeals Intake Centre 
1050 Notre Dame Avenue 
Sudbury ON, P3A 5C1 

Fax numbers: 
705-670-6649 or 1-866-443-4955 (NL to ON) 
604-587-2672 or 1-866-489-6832 (MB to BC and Territories) 

Quebec residents: How to file a provincial and federal objection 

Members who are Quebec tax residents must, in addition to their federal objection described above, also file a second objection with Revenu Québec – that is, Quebec members must file two separate objections, one with CRA and one with Revenu Québec.  

If you have not filed an objection with Revenu Québec regarding the tax treatment of any damages you received, PSAC urges you to file: a request for an extension of time to object and an individual objection regarding the taxability of the $1,500 portion of Phoenix damages in your 2021 taxation year.  

Should you instead wish to challenge the taxation of the remaining $1,000 for late implementation of the 2014 collective agreement, you should seek independent tax advice to move forward. 

Residents of Quebec do not need to take any action with Revenu Québec if the following circumstances apply:  

  • You filed an individual objection with Revenu Québec to your 2021 tax assessment about the taxability of your Phoenix damages prior to April 30, 2023; or 
  • You filed an individual objection with Revenu Québec to your 2021 tax assessment about the taxability of your Phoenix damages and a request for an extension to object after April 30, 2023.  

If the above circumstances do not apply to you, please follow the following steps as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2024, to preserve your rights: 

Unlike CRA, Revenu Québec does not accept online objections. You must choose between mailing or faxing your objection. To do so, you must fill out a notice of objection and an extension request.  

PRE-POPULATED FORMS AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE

Once the forms are printed and filled, you can choose to mail or fax them to the following address or fax numbers. We recommend you send your materials by registered mail to ensure they are received: 

Revenu Québec 
3800, rue de Marly 
C. P. 25025, succursale Terminus 
Québec QC   
G1A 0B8 

Fax numbers: 
418-577-5254 or 1-866-374-7286 

Please note that Revenu Québec is not a party to the settlement reached with CRA, and did not commit to offer the same treatment to members who file valid notices of objection regarding the taxation of the Phoenix damages. However, Revenu Québec has already begun treating other Phoenix taxability objections similarly.

 

New PSAC 2024 Calendars Available Now

New PSAC 2024 Calendars Available Now

Happy New Years to all of our 00013 members.

We now have PSAC 2024 calendars available for pickup at 25 St. Clair. Please speak to a rep on your floor or email thomas.mcinnis@00013ute.org. I’m available mid week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) to provide a calendar. One per member.

In addition, union contact information will be posted by the health and safety boards.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

In solidarity,

UTE Local 00013

Retroactive Salary Payment

Retroactive Salary Payment

Hello Sisters, Brothers and Friends,

This is to inform you that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has confirmed that the retroactive salary payment will be processed on the August 30th pay for most UTE members, i.e. where there is no need for manual intervention by a Compensation agent.

Retroactive payments will cover the period from November 1, 2021 to July 5, 2023.

We have yet to receive confirmation of when the lump-sum payment will be paid to members.

We will keep you informed of any new developments as they become available.

In Solidarity,

Marc Brière
National President
Union of Taxation Employees

The New Collective Agreement is Signed

The New Collective Agreement is Signed


June 27, 2023

We are pleased to announce that the Public Service Alliance of Canada – Union of Taxation Employees (PSAC/UTE) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) signed a new collective agreement this morning in Ottawa for approximately 37,000 employees working at CRA and being represented by the PSAC-UTE.

The new collective agreement is now in effect. It applies from November 1, 2021, to October 31, 2025, inclusively. The CRA has a maximum of 180 days from today to implement the provisions of the collective agreement, which includes the adjustment of the employees’ wages and paying out the retroactive and lump sum payments.

The Agency committed to keeping the union updated on a regular basis as to the progress of getting union members paid out.

Once again, we want to thank each and every one of you, our members, for your ongoing support to your bargaining team and your union.

If you have any questions about the new collective agreement, please speak with one of your local union representatives.


UTE members ratify new agreement with Canada Revenue Agency

UTE members ratify new agreement with Canada Revenue Agency


June 16, 2023

Members of the Union of Taxation Employees, a Component of the PSAC, working at the Canada Revenue Agency, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their new tentative agreement, with 88% of ballots cast in favour of the new contract.
 
UTE members held strong with other bargaining units of the PSAC during one of the largest national strikes in Canada’s history, securing fair wages that close the gap with inflation, the strongest remote work language in the country, better job security, and safer and more inclusive workplaces. In addition, even when the other bargaining units reached a tentative agreement and returned to work, UTE members remained on the picket lines for three additional days to ensure that we achieved at least the same improvements agreed to at the other tables, and achieved even further improvements on vacation leave, shift premiums and contracting out.
 
The four-year collective agreement for over 35,000 PSAC-UTE members expires October 31, 2025.

Highlights of the agreement
 
In the weeks to come, the bargaining agent, PSAC, along with UTE representatives will meet with CRA representatives shortly to sign the new collective agreement. With the exception of monetary provisions, which are retroactive, new contract terms come into effect on the date of signing.
 
The employer has 180 days from the signing of the contract to implement wage increases, wage adjustments and allowances. If CRA is unable to meet this deadline, additional amounts up to $200 will be payable if the outstanding amount is more than $500 owed.
 
UTE will update members immediately when the new contract is signed. Please ensure that your local executive has your current contact information.
 
UTE is extremely proud of you, our members, and sincerely appreciates your loyal support and resilience during this difficult round of bargaining. With your ongoing support, we will continue to strive to achieve further improvements to your terms and conditions of employment and working conditions.
 
In Solidarity,

  Marc Brière's signature

Marc Brière
National President
Union of Taxation Employees

Adam Jackson's signature

Adam Jackson
2nd National Vice-President
Union of Taxation Employees