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Description: Desperate times call for desperate measures. With unvaccinated citizens having a much higher probability of being hospitalized by contracting Covid-19 than vaccinated citizens, the Government of Quebec responded this week by announcing its intent to begin assessing penalties upon the unvaccinated. Premier Legault said $50 or $100 would not be enough. It remains to be seen if the move will survive anticipated court challenges.

Date:  January 12, 2022

Source:  ctv.ca

 Link: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/quebec-s-tax-on-unvaccinated-trudeau-says-strong-measures-have-worked-1.5737100

Discussion points:

1) Does your university have a vaccine mandate? How is it enforced?

2) Are you in favour of the proposal by the Province of Quebec?

3) Starting on page 9-16 of Wiley’s Understanding Financial Accounting is a section dealing with employers’ responsibilities to remit income taxes deducted from employees to the government. Collecting this “No-vax Tax” may be quite a bit more difficult. If you were an accountant working for the Government of Quebec, what sort of program would you advise to identify and collect this levy?

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