A lot of things are cheaper on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Housing prices, gas, beer. You know. The essentials.
The one thing that's not cheaper are taxes. And it's not enough I get taxed at a higher rate in this province but now the Quebec Revenue agency wants even more of my money.
The tax filing deadline in Quebec is the same as it is federally in Canada: April 30.
But in mid-March I received correspondence from Revenue Quebec telling me that based on past years' claims, I would owe enough in taxes to be able to pay in instalments. The letter then went on to tell me the first instalment was now due.
I think Revenue Quebec has found a novel way to pay the construction bill
for their lovely looking headquarters. Look, ironically it's made of gold!
Excuse me? I haven't even determined my total taxes, nor filed my return and you want my first payment? Forget that. That'd be like claiming a royalty on a song you hadn't written yet. (Hey, good analogy!)
Thinking this was an option, I ignored the letter. I really preferred to pay a lump sum once I knew how much I owed.
I filed my taxes through my accountant electronically.
Then Revenue Quebec sent me a confirmation letter with a slight addition. They were charging me interest on the instalment I hadn't paid before filing my taxes.
Reluctantly I paid my taxes, with interest, at my bank.
When the teller asked how she might help me I said "I'd like to pay my taxes." It was a lie. I wasn't liking paying my taxes one bit.
End of story?
You knew better.
Last week I received a phone call from Revenue Quebec. Seems I hadn't paid my 2008 taxes. Excuse me? Of course I had. Not according to their records.
Well, according to my records I had, I found reference to the payment, and the date of the payment in an old cheque book ledger. Ha!
Yesterday I received 2 letters from Revenue Quebec on the same day.
The first confirmed I owed $0 on my 2008 taxes.
The second one told me a $98 processing fee had been added to my tax debt.
I now have a serious purple bruise in the middle of my forehead.