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    Federal Financial Aid for Sex Workers

    The title refers to what should be. If sex workers don't apply we will never know.

    Here is the link
    https://www.canada.ca/en/department-..._for_Canadians

    The link shows Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses. They are entitled to the same support as other Canadian workers and business owners.

    I would like to post this in the main forum. Any objections from the Mod?

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    Sex workers should be eligible for $8000 aid from the federal government (Canada Emergency Response Benefit ) plus other moneys from other programs.

    https://www.canada.ca/en/department-...usinesses.html

    https://duttonlaw.ca/canada-emergenc...efit_available

    https://www.canada.ca/en/department-...dividuals.html

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/corona...emic-1.4869158

    https://nowtoronto.com/news/coronavi...worker-relief/

    The government should should start taking applications first week of April for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program, $2000 per month for 4 months.

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    it's looking like they have tried to cover sex worker and others who won't qualify for EI. hopefully it doesn't take too long!

    love susie

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    They have clearly covered people who are self employed or on contract. There are two problems.

    - It seems you will have to say you had no work at all in the last two weeks when you apply. It seems there is no provision for those who lost only a portion of their income.

    - I suspect they simply forgot to include something that excludes sex workers. I hope I am wrong. It could be a problem because the Harper Conservatives only gave sex workers an exemption from prosecution after making their work a criminal offence. This may come as a cruel surprise to sex workers who believed the rhetoric about not targeting sex workers. The unlawful nature of the work may be used as an excuse to exclude sex workers from the program.

    I hope as many sex workers as possible will apply for the $8000. I wish one of the support agencies somewhere in Canada would encourage participation and track the government response. It could advance the interests of all sex workers, however it plays out.

    The program is supposed to be open for applications on April 6th. No idea how long it will take them to get the cheques and deposits out the door. They have the Phoenix Pay System as a model.

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    If any ladies need to get caught up on taxes, the CRA code for the industry is “892100”...

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    When I sit down and compare the amount of Financial Aid the government is offering and comparing it to the actual cost of living in Vancouver

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintersurfer View Post
    If any ladies need to get caught up on taxes, the CRA code for the industry is “892100”...

    If a lady has already fallen behind in filing her taxes, depending on how much she has made, she may very well owe money.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Hunter View Post
    If a lady has already fallen behind in filing her taxes, depending on how much she has made, she may very well owe money.....
    She can file her taxes then apply for the aid package. I asked my accountant for a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Hunter View Post
    If a lady has already fallen behind in filing her taxes, depending on how much she has made, she may very well owe money.....
    there is a free program you can download on-line called studio tax - https://www.studiotax.com/en/

    it is recognized by the Government of Canada. it features a "wizard" which allows you to e-file on-line and fills the forms for you via a series of prompts. i have used it for years and it works well. you get a chance to review your taxes before filing too. This way people can file and the qualify for the emergency fund.

    also, it is not likely back taxes will result in an amount owing.

    If people need help with this please feel to reach out to me and i will explain further and try to support you accessing this funding.

    there is also a plan emerging for a separate low barrier fund for people who still do not qualify.

    again, please message me if you need support with accessing some funding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treveller View Post
    They have clearly covered people who are self employed or on contract. There are two problems.

    - It seems you will have to say you had no work at all in the last two weeks when you apply. It seems there is no provision for those who lost only a portion of their income.

    - I suspect they simply forgot to include something that excludes sex workers. I hope I am wrong. It could be a problem because the Harper Conservatives only gave sex workers an exemption from prosecution after making their work a criminal offence. This may come as a cruel surprise to sex workers who believed the rhetoric about not targeting sex workers. The unlawful nature of the work may be used as an excuse to exclude sex workers from the program.

    I hope as many sex workers as possible will apply for the $8000. I wish one of the support agencies somewhere in Canada would encourage participation and track the government response. It could advance the interests of all sex workers, however it plays out.

    The program is supposed to be open for applications on April 6th. No idea how long it will take them to get the cheques and deposits out the door. They have the Phoenix Pay System as a model.
    so the "alliance" - a national group of groups -...lol...are totally working on this and sex worker org' s across canada are ready to help our community. the procedures and resources available are being defined and it's my understanding that as long as you have filed your taxes for more than $5000 for 2019...you can apply for the funding.

    the provincial funding being separate is good as it will come faster than the federal IMHO.

    I am preparing a detailed update for my sunday article and will post what i compile here too.

    love susie

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB Mod View Post
    She can file her taxes then apply for the aid package. I asked my accountant for a friend.
    this is totally correct from what i understand.

    love susie

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    Please seek professional advice. Depending on your net self-employment income, you may not owe a lot of tax but once you add CPP on self-employment (you pay BOTH portion, employer and employee), late-filing penalty and arrears interest; you may be in for a rude awakening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilde View Post
    Please seek professional advice. Depending on your net self-employment income, you may not owe a lot of tax but once you add CPP on self-employment (you pay BOTH portion, employer and employee), late-filing penalty and arrears interest; you may be in for a rude awakening.
    SP's are an auditor's wet dream, they must be frothing at all the unpaid taxes and interest owed.

    Gov't of Canada isn't stupid, if you make income (yes, even cash) and don't declare it for years and then you declare it later they put a tab on your file. Especially if there are huge inconsistencies in your income and life style (e-transfers for rent, cheque deposits, random deposits to your bank account etc.). Tax evasion is a crime after all.

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    ok, so it is not as scary as is being expressed here. you don't have to put "escort" or "companion" on your taxes. so the wet dream of auditors is irrelevant.

    consultant, self employed,etc. will work just fine and not set off any alarms as it were.

    no one is suggesting that sp's who haven't declared in awhile should declare for the last (10years) . there are ways to prevent the issues being raised here via careful planning and attention to detail. i am happy to help anyone or answer questions about how to file your taxes safely.

    i know you guys think we are all rolling in dough but not all of us are. many sp's already file as self employed or a corporation and have already dealt with the CPP and EI payments. for those who maybe on disability or income assistance it is a different story. For other newer sp's who may not realize they can pay into tax and create a credit history for themselves ( a credit history and good credit are great assets) we are hoping to ensure they qualify for income subsidies being offered by government via support filing their taxes.

    if people have any questions at all about filing or benefits, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss your personal circumstances. i am not offering a "paid" service...ust access to my 30+ years of experience in this regard.

    hope everyone is hangin in there...

    and please don't worry - it is highly unlikely there would be any investigation into your taxes should you choose to file in spite of the little bit of "fear" being promoted here...

    i mean really guys...do we need to hear another way we could be criminalized right now? do you really think they have time to investigate a completely non "red flag" small tax account during this time? why do you feel the need to scare people? some sp's will desperately need access to the programs being offered and really don't need another barrier to accessing them - fear -

    i know you mean well and are trying to prevent sp's from receiving a big bill for CPP but we have taken that into consideration.

    love susie

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    Quote Originally Posted by susi View Post
    ok, so it is not as scary as is being expressed here. you don't have to put "escort" or "companion" on your taxes. so the wet dream of auditors is irrelevant.

    consultant, self employed,etc. will work just fine and not set off any alarms as it were.

    no one is suggesting that sp's who haven't declared in awhile should declare for the last (10years) . there are ways to prevent the issues being raised here via careful planning and attention to detail. i am happy to help anyone or answer questions about how to file your taxes safely.

    i know you guys think we are all rolling in dough but not all of us are. many sp's already file as self employed or a corporation and have already dealt with the CPP and EI payments. for those who maybe on disability or income assistance it is a different story. For other newer sp's who may not realize they can pay into tax and create a credit history for themselves ( a credit history and good credit are great assets) we are hoping to ensure they qualify for income subsidies being offered by government via support filing their taxes.

    if people have any questions at all about filing or benefits, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss your personal circumstances. i am not offering a "paid" service...ust access to my 30+ years of experience in this regard.

    hope everyone is hangin in there...

    and please don't worry - it is highly unlikely there would be any investigation into your taxes should you choose to file in spite of the little bit of "fear" being promoted here...

    i mean really guys...do we need to hear another way we could be criminalized right now? do you really think they have time to investigate a completely non "red flag" small tax account during this time? why do you feel the need to scare people? some sp's will desperately need access to the programs being offered and really don't need another barrier to accessing them - fear -

    i know you mean well and are trying to prevent sp's from receiving a big bill for CPP but we have taken that into consideration.

    love susie
    Vast majority of Canadians are employed by someone else and their taxes are automatically deducted. The minority of people who run a business or corporation, or self-employed/consultant that need to self-declare are the ones that get audited. They leave a tab on your file for 7 years. The tax record of SP’s declaring for financial aid are exactly the types of people who get checked on. Most people have consistent and regular filing. They won’t audit you right away, but don’t assume that the Canadian government is naive when it comes to taxes and you can “outsmart” them by declaring improperly. They created the entire system and they are extremely good at collecting on owed taxes. You shouldn’t “plan” around not filing your taxes and not declaring your cash income. That’s called tax evasion. It’s a civic duty and a Canadian citizen’s social responsibility to contribute fairly.

    The federal financial stimulus package comes from the tax dollars of regular tax-paying Canadians who deserve the aid because they contributed fairly every year and didn’t skip on their taxes & only decide to declare when it serves them benefits to do so.
    Last edited by haigum141; 03-30-2020 at 04:13 PM.

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