From the Hamilton Mountain News
By Mark Newman
Mountain New Democrat MP Chris Charlton is optimistic the Harper government will adopt her proposal to amend the Income Tax Act to allow accredited tradespeople and apprentices to deduct the cost of travel and accommodation from their income taxes if the work site is more than 80 kilometres from home.
In Nov. 2006, Ms. Charlton introduced a private member's bill (C-390) that would allow for those deductions.
While the bill remains at the second reading stage, Ms. Charlton received an encouraging response from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in the House of Commons May 6 when she asked the minister when the government would act on the legislation.