B.K. Johnson, a dog leash owner from the Vancouver area, is frustrated with how his bills are increasing.
“I’ve been charged by my bank.
It’s been more than double my normal, I’ve been getting charges up to $400,” said Johnson, who lives in the B.G. border town of Yaletown.
“The bills were just going up, but they’re still going up now.”
According to Johnson, the increase is due to the provincial government allowing dog owners to deduct dog licenses from their paycheques.
According to the B,S and OO legislation, the owners of a “non-resident dog” are not allowed to deduct their license fees from their tax return.
“This is not the province’s fault,” said Paul Cogley, spokesperson for the province.
“In fact, it’s our responsibility to ensure that this province is able to fund its own policing, fire and ambulance services.”
While the province did not directly say if it was charging for license fees, the province stated it is a “business decision” and the “primary responsibility” of the provincial governments is to ensure “the tax burden on taxpayers is manageable.”
Cogleys office also noted that there is a section in the tax act which states “there is no exemption for dog license fees” and that the province has to “provide reasonable and adequate revenue to the [B.C.] government.”
“We can’t go out there and say, ‘We’re going to charge for your license, you’re going do your taxes,’ or ‘We want to charge you for this dog,'” said Johnson.
Cogies office did note that the number of licenses issued by the province is not yet up to date, which could lead to an increase in fees if the province changes the tax system.
“If we’re going up to the rate of the tax, we’ll have to do more revenue to help the [provincial] government, and that means a little bit more for us,” said Cogys office.
“We want our dog to be safe, and we’re looking at a change in the way we do business.”
A spokesperson for B.S.O.S., which represents dog owners in B.T., confirmed that the company is considering an “investigation” into the issue.
“Our team is currently working with B.B.N. to determine the impact on the [companies] revenue base,” the spokesperson said.
“As soon as we are able to have an accurate estimate of the impact, we will provide a full update to owners.”
Cogs office confirmed that they have spoken to the dog license holders, and have already been in contact with the BN and the Banc of Montreal.
“It is our belief that this issue is affecting the BSNs revenue base, and therefore we are looking into how to address it,” said the spokesperson.
“Banc of Quebec is also investigating the issue, and as soon as a decision has been made, we would be happy to share that information with owners.”
While B.O.’s spokesperson did not provide a timeframe for when the province will address the issue with the dog licensing industry, he did say that it is “unlikely that this is going to happen in the next couple of weeks.”
The dog license fee has not been a significant problem for the B’s OO, who has already paid $10,000 to the province and are in the process of applying for a license.
S spokesperson David Broussard, there are two options the province could take: “Either we change the license fee or we increase the taxes that we have to pay.”