Canada Levies Back Taxes On U.S. Pilots

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U.S. pilots who fly in Canada pay a fee for their use of their airspace, but recently, the Canada Revenue Agency (the equivalent of the IRS) told Nav Canada it should have been collecting taxes on top of those fees. So the agency is trying to retroactively collect those taxes, going back five years, AOPA reported this week. "We have always opposed user fees, and this latest insult shows just how flawed and inefficient the system is," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "How much is Nav Canada now going to spend to attempt to track down the pilot of the aircraft to collect this tax? A simple fuel tax makes so much more sense." AOPA is asking Nav Canada to waive the back taxes for U.S. operators. "This burden shouldn't be placed on the backs of pilots who rightfully believed that they had completely fulfilled their financial obligations to Nav Canada," said Boyer.

"Chasing after customers who have paid for services in full is poor business practice."