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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tax Column Taxpayer services broadened By I. H. ASPER Few Canadians will have failed to notice that in recent years a flourishing industry has grown up in Canada around the tax system. The tax consulting business .is big business today, as tens of thousands of Cana dian taxpayers annually flock to the nearest office of one of the international tax consulting firms who advise them on how to fill in their tax forms. This service is quite apart from the professional tax ad- visers and consultants who work in Canada's legal and ac- counting firms. Their part of the industry is very small, com- pared to the volume done by the storefront tax consulting firms, and the professional ad- visers generally restrict the majority of their work to the complex legal and accounting problems encountered by the business community. It is somewhat odd that the professional societies have not complained about the non-pro- fessional firms which have sprung up and have taken a considerable volume of business that would have normally been theirs. Under most professional society acts, such as the Law Society or the Canadian In- stitute of Chartered Accoun- tants legislation, it is an offence for anyone to charge a fee for giving legal advice or prac- tising accountancy unless they have been properly trained and licensed. Whether or not the storefront tax consultants are in technical breach of those laws is a moot point, but the professional so- cieties have wisely refrained from making a fuss about it, primarily because the income tax consultants are rendering a service to the public which the professional firms were not geared up to handle. Also, the fees are much lower because of the volume and the lack of ne- cessity of paying professionally- trained legal and accounting graduates. Any complaint against the income tax consult- ant would probably fall on deaf ears, because it is a service the public wants and needs. Recognizing the need for an inexpensive service to that vast army of taxpayers who an- Kick the Habit! Smokers Dial 327-4000 For recorded help in overcoming the smoking habit. Sponsored as a public service by your friends The Adventists nually struggle with their tax returns, and whose affairs are not so cut and dried that they can merely fill in fteir tax re- turns by themselves and file them, the question becomes a matter of concern by govern- ment that those who are render- ing this service are qualified to do so. The reason is fairly if the income tax consulting firm makes a mistake or gives wrong advice, under the Income Tax Act it is the taxpayer, not the consultant who has to pay the interest, fines and penalties. Since these can be quite steep, and the law of negligence under which the taxpayer might sue the consultant is quite vague, it is better to have a little pre- ventive medicine. Constitutionally, the question of licensing pf professional and business activities falls within the provincial jurisdicton, but obviously because the problem is national, it would be worth- while for provincial govern- co-operation with the federal explore the possibility of licensing the tax consulting firms and pass- ing uniform regulatory require- ments which wmiM ensure that the peonle advising the tax- payers have at least a basic training and capacity for their work. that only skirts the real question of whether or not tax- payers should be required to pay anything for the privilege of filling in their income tax forms and paying their income tax. Certainly" the business com- munity has grudgingly accepted the cost of complying with the tax law, not only on behalf of itself, but on behalf of its em- ployees. The annual cost to big business of complying with the tax law, on its own behalf as well as for its employees, is staggering. The cost borne by small business in complying with' the law is an even greater burden, but it is not realistic to hope -for any change in this area. It is the small wage earner, the ordinary taxpayer, who is suffering the most under the present self-assessing system. Apart from the fundamental complexity that has been in- troduced into the tax law, Fred Davis' assurances to the con- trary, there are new regu- lations, new amendments every year or so which are unknown to the average taxpayer. As well, there are many hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who, being recent immigrants to Canada, are not familiar enough with the language to know their rights and obliga- tions. In a recent unscientific, but revealing test taken of ordinary taxpayers in a downtown Winni- peg residential neighborhood, the majority of those who had filled out their own tax returns had not taken full advantage of the law in one way or another and bad, in effect, overpaid their tax. These are the kind of overpayments which the tax de- partment would not itself catch and rectify. For example, there is the spe- cial deduction for maintaining a ENTER YOUR ANTIQUES AND COUECTABLES NOW for the 1973 Antique Auctions JUAL AUCTION SERVICES BOX 1545, CRESTON, B.C. CURRIE'S FINE FOODS CRANBROOK, B.C. MEANS BUSINESS East Kootenay is the fourth fastest-growing area in British Columbia ovt of 29 census divisions, and business activity in the area's growth centre, Cran- brook, has been no less than spectacular. Our client has for sale three fully serviced, paved commercial Jots in an excellent location in this growing city. Two of these lots have buildings suitable for merchandis- ing and the third lot can be developed as carwosh by vendor. Terms available to interested parties. Ven- dor wiij carry mortgage or consider trade for other properties or mortgages on same. For further infor- mation contact Herb Hahn or Ooreen Miller at (area code 604) 534-7491 or write Block Bros. Realty rYoser Highway, Langley, B.C child In university; the depr- eciation one is allowed to claim when he rents out a room in his home and is required to declare the rental income; and a host of other advantages which are not universally known. In some ways, the depart- ment of national revenue is willing to help. For example, anyone wanting to phone in and get information on their rights and responsibilities can do so, and there is a Zenith telephone setup so that there is no long- distance telephone charge for people who have to phone from an outlying area where there is no tax office. New press secretary for Queen LONDON (CP) Ronald Al- lison, the first professional jour- nalist ever appointed press sec- retary to the Queen, will have as his first major foreign as- signment the Queen's visit to the Commonwealth prime min- isters' conference in Ottawa this summer. The appointment was greeted with favorMe press reaction today, with The Daily Mail say- ing "Buckingham Palace's long search for a courier with some link with reality appears to be finally fulfilled." Allison, 41, knows every member of the Royal Family personally and as the BBC's court correspondent since 1969 has reported royal tours to Can- ada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Southeast Asia and Kenya. As a frequent BBC sports commentator he also has many interests in common with the sports-minded Royal Family, whose various members are de- voted fans of horseracing, show jumping, yachting, polo and other activities. Perhaps the most difficult sit- uatiojLhe will have to cope with after taking office May 14 is the friendship between Princess Anne and Lieut. Mark Phillips who appear frequently together while denying press reports of a romance between them. Allison succeeds Robin Lud- low, 42, resigning after only 15 months in the post because of a "difference of opinion" within Buckingham Palace. He de- clined to elaborate, saying only there "is no ill-will." Allison started his journalistic career at a local paper in Hampshire and is the most pro- fessional figure to take the pal- ace press post since the Second World War. His four predecessors in that time were Sir Richard Colville who often seemed aloof from the press, Australian William Hesseltine, now the Queen's as- sistant private secretary, and Ludlow. Since joining the BBC in 1957. Allison covered Parliament and sports before becoming court correspondent. He is married and has two teen-age daughter. Report tabled EDMONTON (CP) environmental impact from a number of oil sands extraction plants in northeastern Alberta could be "enormous" without preventive action, says a re- port commissined by the pro- vincial government. In recent years, the depart- ment has broadened its service to the ordinary taxpayer to al- low him to come in with his tax return and financial information and receive some assistance in filling out his form. But this is a very modest service, and cer- tainly not one that is aimed at handling a massive volume; nor is the service aimed at making sure the taxpayer gets all the breaks, because the tax officials naturally have an inherent bias in favor of the revenue division. What is obviously required for the millions of Canadians who can't afford professional or in- come tax consulting advice is a new service which should be paid for by government, but which should be divorced from the revenue department at least physically. The new service should, in ef- fect, be a tax consulting service EOT anyone who needs it. Cen- tres should be established across the country where tax- payers can go, with all their fi- nancial information and their tax returns, and be interviewed by a consultant who is "on their side" and who will help them prepare, fill in and file their tax return. The United States Internal Revenue Service is fairly active in the field now, and it would be an important step toward devel- oping a better relationship be- tween the ordinary taxpayer and his government if the same system were introduced in Can- ada. The logical extension of the system must include lec- tures in the high schools and in voluntary citizen organizations sponsored by the'tax division, aimed at making sure the stu- dents or ordinary citizens know their rights, understand the sys- tem, and get all the benefits to which they are entitled. That is the kind of tax system reform everyone would wel- come. It would not put the pro- fessionals out ol business, nor would it really affect the busi- ness of those income tax con- sulting firms which cater to a slightly more sophisticated clientele, but it would put tax consulting services and infor- mation at the disposal of the millions of ordinary taxpayers who are the backbone of the system and deserve a better break. (Mr. Asper is a Winnipeg law- yer) Reed grain prices firm CALGARY Reed grain prices remaining firm to strong with wheat increasing at some stations. High bids from Lethbridge report wheat 1.70, oats 80 and barley 1.00. Grain was offered as follows: wheat 1.65, oats 75, and barley 1.00. In the Medicine Hat Brooks area wheat increased to 1.85, oats 85, and barley 1.05 with no grain being offered. Around Calgary bidding prices did not change with whsat 1.80, oats 80 and barley 1.05. k SAND f GRAVEL ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP A SAND AND GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE k HARDUTE LENSES For everyone who wears glasses AnflabfekiAUpr flu iMu taraw an: Shatterproof and backed by a S5.000.00 warranty against eye injury. Half the weight of ordinary glasses. Available in variety of Styles, shapes, and tints. Protective lenses are law in some, everywhere. Specializing in the fitting of Doctor's proscriptions Pnmriptiofi Framtt ttapniffere fttpairs fteawmabto prictt OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. Saturday, April 21, 1973 THE LETHBRID9I HERALD 21 Man charged in death VALLEYVIEW (CP) War- ren Kellough, 42, of Grande Prairie has been charged with failing to remain at tne scene of an accident in which 29- pear-old pedestrian Marvin Mitchell of the Sturgeon Lake Indian Reserve was struck by a car and killed. The accident occurred near this Peace Riv- er area town March 30. ANNUAL CONVENTION Edmonton April Guest Speakers: Russell Slimson, Los Angeles Dan Pavan, Vancouver Roy Harris, Calgary On the Agenda: Annual Guild Central Meeting Annual Banquet and Dance Koreans show their wares A three-day show of made-in-Korea products drew Canadian buyers to the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. II- Woo-Lee, left, director of Korea Trade Centre in Toronto, shows Chris White an abacus. Lee pointed out that one Korean product on display is an electronic calculator, much speedier than the old-fashioned abacus. BATES RANCHING CO. LTD. AUCTION SALE Located 5 miles east and 1 mile south of JEFFERSON, Alto, or 20 miles south and 5 miles east sf SPRING COULEE TEEMS: CASH IU.NCH SERVED THIS SALE RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 24th A.M. SHARP Having received instructions from the owner we will offer for sale at auction the following: TRUCKS Ford F-250 4x4 Ton Ford F-600 3 Ton Grain Box ond Hoist Chev 2 Ton Grain Box ond Hoist TRACTORS Deere 830 with Block Dash ond new rubber, approx. 1000 hrs. since major overhaul 300 with front end loader MACHINERY 1-18 ft. C.C.I.L pull type slather; 1-Pick up reel to fit same; ft. Jeffrey plow; ft. John Deere L.Z.A. hoe drill with fertilizer attachment; sprayer; of I.H.C. fine tooth harrows; 36 ft. of diamond harrows with rubber mounted draw bar; ft. Moyrath paddle loader with 9 h.p. Briggs and StroKon engine; ft. "United grain auger with 9 h.p. Briggs and Stratton engine; ft. groin auger with 5 h.p. Briggs and Stratton engine. LIVESTOCK EOT. greep feeders; cradle; Vet supplies and equipment; puller; gate; Several 16' feed troughs; oilers; Propane torch, bottle, brandina iron stove; x 6' wood panels. COMBINE 428 Coclcshutt with sund pickup. HAYING EOT. 5 wheel Darf roke; Cockshutt New Holland baler; 15 bale, bale stacker; 15 bale, bale fork; point hitch mounted grass seed broadcaster; four wheel wagon; two wheel wagon; wheel trailer with ball hitch; wheel trailer with shaves. MISCELLANEOUS Robin roller; bu. capacity metal hog feed- ers; gal. fuel tank with pump; Several hundred ft. of W plastic hose; enpines; 750-16 tire chains; of four ft. stock racks (for Vi ton or ton 1-Sef of two ft. stock rocks (for 14 or ?i ton SHOP EQUIPMENT amp. Forney ore welder; Tools, chains, shovels; drill- electric drill; A number of 40' x 3" x 14" Several 20' x 3" x 14" planks; Many more misc. items. FEED or range cow mineral; Approx. 6000 bales of green oat ond barley straw; of grass Alfalfa hay mixture. HOUSE AND OFFICE EQUIPMENT cubic ft. deep freeze; door fridge; machine; ond chair; Westfcilio cream separator. HORSES broke saddle Appatacsa colts; well broke Belgium teem mores; Pony broke to ride or drive saddle ond harness. BINS bw. rapacity round plywood LIVESTOCK roith cows will: cclvei ct bu'K (purebreds, ond VI 2 end 3 yeor olds: Angus bulb. 2 end 3 yeor oWsj Crwroiais crow 2 year old bvli. The description as to or otherwise at set forth en each item is merely a cnride and is in no way a woironly or (foerantee, octool or implied. Neither the auctioneer cr the cwiier are iespoRsiaie far any errors aescrapSton or condition. OWNER FRANK BATES PH. 32S4Q58 UTHBRIDGE CONDUCTED BY PERUCH BROS. AUCTION MARKET LTD. Company ticenst 071465 Box 1057, JOE PERUCH lie. 010293 Phone 321-9772 IfTHBRIDGE, AUBtTA BOB BAIOG lie. 067454 Phone 047-2201 WfUC Office: Phone 32B-3951 B> TORSHER lie. 012467 345-6452 ISLAND, AUOTA TONY PERUCH lit 010292 Phone 328-9872 WTHWPDGE, A18ERTA TERRA SEEDS LTD. AUCTION SALE Located 6Vz Miles East of CARDSTON, Alberta on High- way No. 5, then Mile South or 39 Miles West of LETHBRIDGE, on Highway 5 then Mile South. WED., APRIL 25 a.m. TERMS CASH LUNCH SERVED Having received instructions from Terra Seeds Ltd., we will offer for sale the following. TRACTORS Deere model 5010 diesel tractors with new tires, John Deere cabs, dual wheels, and (5020 block assembly change Deere model 4020 diesel tractor with cab, large tires ,engine overhaul; John Deere model 710 diesel tractor with 3 pf. hitch ond a hyd. front end load- er; Deere model 40 utility tractor with 3 pt. hitch and overhauled motor. TRUCKS GMC model 960 full tandem truck with o 427 V8 motor, power steering, saddle tanks, 700 bushel steel grain box, ebro hoist, ond a rollaway tarp; GMC model 960 truck with a 396 V8 motor, saddle tanks, stock racks, 450 bushel steel grain box, McCoy Renn hoist and rollaway tarp; GMC model 960 3 ton truck with new motor, steel box ond hoist and stock raclcs; GMC 3 ton truck with mounted New Holland Stack retriever; GMC ton truck with V8 motor; GMC ton truck with stock racks; GMC Vi ton truck, RADIO EOT. Messenger 3-2 way radios; Messenger 2-2 way radios; Messenger 1-2 way radios. 1 Base antenna 1-75 ft. tower. COMBINES AND SWATHERS 3-John Deere (1969) model 730 SP combines with o'iesel engines, cabs, Melroe pickups, air coolers, oversized and tires and straw choppers; model 103 15 ft. swathers with rubberized canvasses; ft. pickup reel; 2 of combine sunflower attachments. SEED DRYING AND CLEANING EOT. No. 500 recirculating 500 bushel grain dryer, pro- pane powered, this dryer is suitable for grain or corn drying. disc seed cleaner. GRAIN AUGERS 55 ft. 8" PTO grain 1-Speed King 51 ft. 8" PTO grain auger; 33 ft. grain augers with motors; Mayrath 37 ft. grain auger with Several 4" grain augers, various sizes. WATER-FUEL TANKS gal. water tank; 3-150 fuel tanks, pumps for !4 ton trucks; gal. water tank; fuel oil tank. FARM MACHINERY model 150 14 ft. hoe drills with hyds., speed reducers fertilizer attachments and 8" spacings. 1-Noble 22 ft. wing type double disc, fully hyd., ond is on dual wheels; Graham Hoeme 22 ft. wing type chisel cultivators; 22 ft. rodweeder attachments; 60 ft. weed spray- er with 300 gallon flat tank and tandems; 2-IHC model 80 14 ft. rodweeders; Hoeme 16 ft. chisel cultivator, hyd.; 28 ft. commercial fertilizer spreader; Deere 14 ft. hyd. chisel 1-IHC 18 ft. wide level; 12 ft. rotary harrow; Hoeme 8 ft. chisel ft. harrow drawbar with 10 sections of harrows. of flexible harrows with 2 drawbars; Deere 3 pt. hitch mower, 7 ft.; of drill trans- ports; tandem hitches; tired wagon and deck. HAYING EQUIPMENT Holland No. 1030 outo Holland No. 275 PTO baler, 2 years old; 1-1966 GMC 3 ton truck with a mounted New Holland stack retriever; Deere 3 pt. hitch, 7 ft. power mower; Deere No. 640 hoy rake. HOUSEHOLD gas stove; iFndlay gas stove, oil heater; Several beds and mattresses, several tables ond chairs ond miscellaneous household items. SHOP TOOLS AND MISCELLANEOUS voif Delco plcnt, Zow gun, bench grinder, anvil, vise, hyd. coupling press, hydr. drill press, welding iable. coin AC and DC 250 amp electric welder, bench saw, air tomoressor, acetylene welder, several socket sets, new bolts, chains, forks, shovels, jocks, hand tools, fire extinguishers, propane bottles, forge, swoth packer, fuel pumps. steel hoppers, paint compressor, quantity of grain, seed, several torpj, 10 hyd. rams, moisture testers, fcatb and page wire, fence posts, etc, etc., etc. AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: This is possibly largest Farm Auction Sale in Southern Alberta in recent years. Most of the mach- inery and equipment has been stored indoors end hos very good appearance. Much emphasis has been put en maintenance, therefore the condition should be good. Flan fe come early fo this late spring sale and buy the machinery and equipment of your choice. The description cs to condition or otherwise as set forth on item is merely o guide ond is in no a warranty or guarantee, octuol or implied. Neither the auctioneer or the owner oro responsible for any errors in description or condition. PERUCH BROS. AUCTION MARKET LTD. COMPANY LICENSE 071465 BOX 1057, LETHBRIDGE OFFICE PHONE 328-3951 JOE PERUCH lit. 010293 Phone 328-9772 UTHBRIDGE, AlBFJtTA ED TORSHER lie. 012467 Phone 545-6452 BOW ISLAND, A18ERTA BOB BA1OG lie. 067454 Phone 647-2201 MILK RIVES, A18ERTA TONY PERUCH lie. 010292 Phone 328-9872 lETHMIDGf, A18F.RTA ;