Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Tax break

Canada's troops in Afghanistan won't have to pay income taxes:

Canada's 1,800 troops in Afghanistan will be getting a special welcome when they return home this summer — a tax break.

"Quite often the face of the Canada around the world is that of the brave men and women of our armed forces," Finance Minister Ralph Goodale said in yesterday's budget.

"For those periods when Canadian soldiers are risking their lives overseas, they will no longer pay income tax here at home."

The new measure means a corporal making a base monthly pay of $3,989 — plus a further $1,763 in hardship and risk bonuses for a six-month tour in Afghanistan — would save $4,600 in income tax.

The morale-boosting move is expected to put $30 million a year back into the pockets of Canadian soldiers who have been abroad.


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