The National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) have more support in its efforts to have golf deemed a legitimate business expense for businesses entertaining clients.
Golf Awareness Day takes place in Ottawa on Tuesday as representatives of several interested parties will visit Parliament Hill to talk with MPs and other government representatives.
Among that group will be Scott Simmons, CEO of Golf Canada and chair of NAGA, Jeff Calderwood, who spearheads this initiative and serves as CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association, Gary Bernard, CEO of the PGA of Canada, Elizabeth Di Chiara, executive director of the Canadian Society of Club Managers and Kathryn Wood of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association.
Calderwood says NAGA’s case was strengthened recently when The Canadian Chamber of Commerce adopted the issue.
“At our request and in support of what we’re doing and on behalf of all the businesses across Canada, they want to see the Income Tax Act updated from that archaic 1971 exclusion of golf for client entertainment,” said Calderwood.
“They’re such a strong lobby voice with the Department of Finance that it’s one of the points that increases our odds off success,” said Calderwood, adding that the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, representing small businesses, is also on board.
“Having both of those support this issue and sending documentation to Finance Minister (Bill) Morneau really helps,” he added.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada, representing resorts, is also on board and Calderwood says the addition of each group strengthens the NAGA cause, but adds he doesn’t expect instant success.
“I see it all as steps in the process. It’s not that any one moment is a home run until you do actually hit it out of the park,” said Calderwood.
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