April 15, 2019 12:01 pm

Tax deduction reason behind Whiteout donation discrepancy

Jets fan celebrate at the Whiteout Street Party in downtown Winnipeg on April 20, 2018.

Joe Scarpelli / Global News

Blame the GST.

Taxes are the reason why a full $75,000 was not donated to the United Way after Friday’s Whiteout party.

“The GST has to be collected on all ticket sales, so tickets are $5 and it [GST] works out to be 25 cents per ticket,” said Economic Development spokesperson Matt Schaubroeck.

On Friday, Economic Development gave $69,170 to the United Way.

However, 14,500 tickets were sold, meaning a difference of about $3,000 in donations.

Funds donated are going towards investing in addiction, homelessness and mental health supports, according to United Way Winnipeg.

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