Written by Jean-Serge Brisson
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“What the hell were you thinking?”
That’s often the first question people ask when hearing about Jean-Serge Brisson’s one-man attack on how sales taxes are collected in Canada. A small business owner in a small town just east of Ottawa, Jean-Serge didn’t set out to challenge the system. In fact, for about the first decade as owner-operator of a radiator repair shop, he was a model citizen. He obtained permits, served customers, collected taxes and filed returns. Then a couple of things happened. He was late filing his sales tax return. He also decided to refuse compensation for collecting sales tax – a princely sum of $400.00, maximum, per year. These two small events sparked a David-and-Goliath confrontation with government bureaucrats that, after more than twenty years, Jean-Serge shows no signs of backing down from.
Jean-Serge Brisson’s ongoing challenge against tax “slavery” in Canada has become the stuff of legend. Through meticulous documentation and a seemingly unflagging sense of humour, Brisson demonstrates how just one man can challenge the taxman – and win.
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