Stephen McNeil’s deputy minister avoids paying provincial income taxes

August 6, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says it’s unfair that Stephen McNeil’s top deputy is avoiding thousands in provincial income taxes at a time when the Liberal government is eliminating tax breaks for new graduates and the screen industry.

Today in allnovasocia.com it was reported that Stephen McNeil’s top deputy minister, Bernie Miller, is paid through a personal services company which allows him to avoid thousands of dollars in provincial income taxes. Originally the company was registered in New Brunswick but was transferred to Nova Scotia on January 1, 2015.

“This is the top civil servant in the government. He should have to pay the same taxes as everyone else working for the province,” says MacDonald. “This was the person who advised the Premier on eliminating the graduate retention rebate and slashing the film tax credit, yet he’s giving himself a huge tax break? This is a double standard that the Premier needs to address immediately.”

When asked about the issue today McNeil said he is happy with the arrangement and would pay more civil servants the same way if he could.

“If everyone else wants to give this government the ability to be able to end their services in 30 days we’d be more than happy to have that conversation with them,” said McNeil.