Originally Posted by mooky
Not really an issue. Keep your passes and Revenue Canada could take two seconds to find out the cost of a monthly pass and multiply by 12. If you file online who cares anyways, unless you get auditted.
It's in my mind in the same ball park as the Safeway or Superstore or Futureshop putting a highlighter through your receipt without even checking what's in your bag, I mean really, my six bags of groceries are not stolen in nice clean bags; in the same regards, the chance of you having stolen transit passes and using them for tax purposes are pretty darn slim
Can't disagree but I never put common sense and government bureaucracy in the same sentence.
The last time I got audited the transit deduction didn't exist so I have no idea how lenient they'd be if you didn't have full receipts for each pass. I always just grab a receipt in January and x12, figuring in the worst case I might be stuck with a small tax bill. It's just not worth worrying about all these receipts for such a small deduction, and a low probability of being audited.
On the store thing - quite frankly they can kiss my rear end anyway. From what I can tell, they're legally not allowed to do bag checks and have to actually detect you shoplifting in order to inspect anything on your person. Same goes for those electronic sensors, when they go off I personally just walk through them. I've never once been challenged and if I ever was, I'd laugh in their face and tell them to call the police if they wanted to charge me with shoplifting, with zero evidence. Those things go off all the time for no reason.
I've always wondered at the specific legalities in Canada; many people in the US have analyzed this to death and that's what the consensus is - stores have zero legal right to force you to do a bag check, or detain you without evidence. All they can do is kick you out of the store, which hey, I was conveniently trying to leave anyway. From what I've read, this has been confirmed many times by the courts.
Always wondered what's going to happen when I finally push it too far.