The Canadian tax system is riddled with loopholes. Getting rid of them is essential to achieving tax fairness and a system that works for all of us. Take a minute to send this email to Ottawa. Tell the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and your MP that you expect them to stand up for tax fairness and that they can start with a good clean sweeping out in the loophole department.
Canadians for Tax Fairness wants provincial premiers to clamp down on the growing use of anonymous companies as part of tax scams. The first step? A public registry of the beneficial owners of companies. That would be an important step towards global efforts to fight tax evasion and money laundering.
Earlier this month Canada's Parliamentary Finance Committee decided to gag both itself and expert witnesses. That happened when a KPMG lawyer wrote them a letter warning them not to refer to a tax haven scheme long under investigation. That backtrack didn't help the crisis of public confidence in Canada’s tax system. Former senior public servant Alan Freeman explores the strange state of affairs that is plaguing how Canadians perceive the tax system.
What do recent revelations about Panama, the Isle of Man and other taxdodging schemes say about the accounting profession? Accountant and business ethics professor Paul Dunn says it is time for the accounting industry to take a good long look at itself - what it is now and what it could be.