Revenu Quebec Targets Restaurants

According to the Revenu Quebec website, there were approximately 17,600 restaurants selling $9.5 billion of food and alcoholic beverages in 2007.  As in most other provinces, the restaurant industry is a significant and vital sector of the economy.  While the industry may not be particularly profitable, it does play a significant role in the collection of retail sales taxes on behalf of the federal and provincial governments.  Rather than be appreciative of the taxes that are collected and remitted by the restaurant industry, Revenu Quebec (along with all of the other tax authorities in Canada, the US, and the OECD countries) believe that tax evasion in the restaurant industry is widespread.  Studies in the US indicate that as many as half of all restaurants fail to report all sales revenue.

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