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Artists plan next move in battle to win tax-free status for copyright income

News | 10/13/2000 4:00 am EDT

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA) hasn’t given up hope that the federal government will introduce a new tax exemption for copyright income, despite the Oct. 4 defeat of a private member’s motion proposing similar relief. The motion – which would have allowed artists, writers and performers to earn up to $30,000 tax-free – was put to a vote earlier than expected, and before its proponents could put forward an amendment that would have resulted in broad bilateral support for the idea. MPs from both the Bloc Quebecois and the Canadian Alliance said they were prepared to support the NDP-tabled motion, if the tax exemption was tied to copyright income.

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