The CRA is tracking alcohol sales to nail tax dodging bars and restaurants
Source: CBC News
Author: Zach Dubinsky
Look out, bar and restaurant owners: The taxman is quietly tracking how much alcohol you buy.
The Canada Revenue Agency says the data on beer, wine and liquor purchases helps it clamp down on tax dodging in a sector it claims is ripe for it.
“The restaurant industry has been identified as a high-risk sector,” the CRA said in a statement.
“The cash-based nature of the food and beverage sector, in addition to the growing use of electronic sales suppression software within this industry, make it an ongoing area of tax non-compliance concern.”
The tax agency obtained a court order earlier this year allowing it to compel Ontario’s Beer Store to hand over records on every bar, pub, restaurant, nightclub and banquet hall in Ontario licensed to buy commercial quantities of suds.