SSW Tax related barriers √ ⁄ ×
The association advocates for the profession of social service work by appreciating and working with our stakeholders in identifying the challenges our members face in relation to tax-related barriers (HST). The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) currently does not recognize the profession of social service work, although the CRA, does currently recognize the profession of social work (Section 7.2 of Part II of Schedule V) of the Excise Tax Act. Social service workers which provide private practice services to clients for the prevention, assessment, or remediation of a physical, emotional, behavioural, or mental disorder or disability of that individual or to assist that individual in coping with such a disorder – are required to collect HST in the delivery of their professional services, although social work counterparts, do not. This places a further compounding burden on clients, in which social service work professional activities may not be recognized by private insurance plans and then in addition, requiring clients to pay out of pocket, including HST. Social service workers are designed to be practical, accessible and an affordable solution for our clients and communities, that need support.