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 Okay.  So I've been working in the tea store, paying taxes each week off my paycheck.

T4s are due to Canadian employees in march.  I haven't seen one yet.

My taxes are due April 30th. There is no late penalty for filing late if you don't owe the government money, so I hadn't planned on filing for a few weeks- it's exams season until the 27th, then I'm on vacation through to May.

I get informed by my manager today that he isn't filing me as a taxed employee, but a contractor.  He'll give me a cheque for the taxes he's been taking off my salary, the money will be refunded to me by him.

BUT this means I owe the government that money, and that I now have less than two weeks at the busiest time of my life to file, when I was supposed to have a month and a half.  I still don't actually have a T4 from him, though he says I'm still going to get one.  If I don't file on time (and I don't think I'll be able to) I'll face steep penalties.

What the fuck do I do?

It's sorted out.  He changed me to contract because as a contract worker, he doesn't have to give me a T4, meaning it isn't as late as what it really is, meaning he doesn't have to pay late charges on it (ten dollars a day, looking at thirty plus days now.)  So the reason I lost my workers comp benefits and RRSP savings contribution is that he's disorganized.

Fine, but whatever.  We were sitting down, calculating how much he'd taxed me per shift, when I realized my three month training wage and stayed through my eight month employment there.

He said 'oh, I guess I never changed it.'  I'd noticed it was short, but I'd thought it was just the tax deductions.  He promised to get my contract out and take a look at it.

I've been talking to him about my 8.50$ wage for months.  He knows that's what I thought I was being paid- and for him to sit there and bold facedly fill out my paycheques for 8.25$?  Mother fucker.

I told him flat out that if he'd been paying me that wage all this time and that was how he valued my work (seventy five cents less on the hour than my incompetent male coworker) that I needed to consider whether I was going to stay at the store.  He got a little upset and said he'd think about it.

I'm looking for a new job.

My thing is, at this point, I've been working so as not to have to take out student loans- it's worked, I'm three years into my degree and absolutely zero dollars in debt.  But I could stop this- I could take student loans out and I could study harder and improve my grades.  I'd been thinking of doing it anyway.  This is just one more reason- I still have the other part time job, after all, for pocket cash.

I hate the idea of taking on that kind of debt at twenty, but it'd free me up to do resume boosting volunteer work, including a lot of stuff I'm really interested in.  Research assistant jobs too.  Something in the field I want to go into.

Maybe this is the kick in the ass I needed?
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