Well as the Beatles song said, "If you try to walk,they will Tax your Feet,.....If you try to Sit they will Tax your Seat"....it's the Tax Man,.....Now it seems they will Tax Your Eats...Regardless if you remember this place as Woodland or Whites, it seems the taxman is picking a fight ,& could kill their biz,..........
MONTREAL - Overzealous Revenue Quebec restaurant inspectors have given a $2,500 fine to a local pizzeria owner for not having updated his cash registers with sales-recording-modules (SRMs), The Gazette has learned.
They also threatened that unless he had them installed within 14 days, the fine would grow to $14,000.
But the restaurant owner says they completely ignored the fact he had a signed contract with a Revenue Quebec-approved company to install the equipment by the Nov. 1 deadline and that it was the installer who had erred.
"They don't care if you have a contract with somebody or not," said John Xenos, the owner of Restaurant Woodland, a Verdun pizzeria that has been serving the local community for more than 40 years.
"So what am I supposed to do? Every day I call (the installer)."
We're trying our best, but I don't know if they are going to come before next Tuesday."
Xenos said he is willing to spend the $27,000 needed to purchase and install new cash registers and SRMs - and that he has been trying to do so for months.
In August, a Revenue Quebec-accredited installer attempted to set up a new cash register and SRM system in the restaurant, he said.
But the company couldn't get the system to work, so they removed the equipment and gave him back his $7,000 deposit.
"They could not do the job," Xenos said.
The same month, he signed a contract with a second Revenue Quebec-certified installer, who promised to install the equipment before Nov. 1, and he paid an $8,000 deposit to the company.
He is still waiting.
After receiving the fine, Xenos said he tried calling Revenue Quebec to explain his situation, but the response he received was not sympathetic.
"They said: 'You had two years to do it. Why did you wait until the last three months?' "
A Revenue Quebec spokesperson told The Gazette that the fine should not have been levied if the owner had a signed contract.
As of Nov. 1, all restaurant owners in the province have been required to use SRMs that are connected to a compatible cash register or computerized point-of-sale system and printer. The new SRM receipts include a bar code that can be scanned by a Revenue Quebec inspector.
Restaurants that fail to do so face fines of up to $100,000 - and a maximum six-month prison sentence.
Xenos said in addition to the stress caused by the $2,500 fine, customers have been asking why his restaurant doesn't give out SRM receipts.