(Closed) Wedding tax tripled! Sign this petition to fight it.

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It is just rediculous, we have free healthcare but have to pay to dance? What a silly silly thing to charge people for. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Canada doesn’t have a ‘wedding tax’.  As far as I’m aware, tax is not collected from SOCAN (could be wrong, maybe the government gets a portion).  The money goes to the muscians, song writers etc for use of their music.  By paying this fee, it is saving you from contacting people for using every song you want to use at your wedding.

 

From their website:

SOCAN is funded through the licence fees collected from businesses that use music in Canada. Revenues are also received from SOCAN’s international peers for the use of its members’ works around the world. As a not-for-profit organization, SOCAN put 86 cents of every dollar it collected in 2010 through licence fees into the pockets of music creators and publishers; the rest was used to run the organization, as approved by its Board of Directors.

Post # 5
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752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

From what I’ve understood from the DJs we met in the US, they subscribe to music services monthly or annually, maybe it is not the same in Canada, but either way that’s ridiculous! And also, why is taxed to the marrying couple and not the business using the music? That makes no sense.

Post # 7
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478 posts
Helper bee

Wait, why do you pay extra if you dance?! Lol, what? I don’t understand.  A dancing tax.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@lauryndrainie:  Sorry, I just looked at the petition again.  I glanced at it and saw SOCAN and thought that was all it was.  This is getting ridiculous.  I think all I had to pay was the SOCAN fee, the venue collected it, so maybe they just combined the and called it one thing.  These organizations need to merge together to simplify the fees.

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