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Federal tax reforms will help Nova Scotia and Canada

Federal tax reform could give Nova Scotians some of the funds we need to improve our infrastructure and public services.

There are compelling reasons to support the federal government’s proposed small-business tax proposals. Does that surprise you? Let’s pause for a moment and consider a few facts.

Tax breaks in the last 20 years have benefited Canada’s corporations and wealthiest citizens far more than the rest of us. These breaks have contributed to wealth concentration at the top and entrenched poverty at the bottom.

They have gradually starved governments of billions of dollars needed to pay for vital programs and services. The current proposals will replace some of the tax revenue that has been lost — about $1 billion yearly by some estimates. Taxes and public services have come to represent a significantly smaller percentage of our economy than in most other developed countries — it’s time to stop the bleeding.

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How tax inequity hurts women

You have to hand it to wealthy business owners. They know how to work the system to maximize their bottom line and pay as little tax as possible. Why shouldn’t they? It’s completely legal. However, it’s not only fundamentally unfair to those who pay their fair share, it also hurts poor Canadians — most of them women.

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Tenir ferme sur la fermeture de l'échappatoire fiscale sur les sociétés privées

L'année dernière, le gouvernement fédéral a réaffirmé une promesse électorale visant à éliminer l'échappatoire fiscale des options d'achat d'actions qui a donné près d'un milliard de dollars aux PDG les plus riches.

Le ministre des Finances a cede à la pression des intérêts personnel qui ne voulaient pas perdre leur réduction de 50% sur les taxes.

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Hold firm on closing private corporation tax loophole

Last year the Federal government backed down on an election promise to close the stock options tax loophole that gave almost a billion dollars to the richest CEOs. The Finance Minister bowed to pressure from vested interests who didn’t want to lose their 50% discount on taxes.

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Tax System Can Reduce Poverty and Inequality

The tax system can be a powerful tool for redistributing wealth and reducing inequality and poverty. We all benefit (including the rich) from a more equal society with better population health, reduced crime, and better education. Recent research also now shows that lower inequality also means better employment opportunities and a more vigorous economy, again, from which we all benefit, rich or poor.

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Our Tax System Is Riddled With Unfair Loopholes - And It's Getting Worse

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals made a lot of hay with their election promise of a middle-class tax cut.

But adding a top income tax bracket and reducing the next highest bracket a few percentage points has not done much to make our tax system fairer.

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Not So Innocent: Canada's Role in Global Tax Evasion

Whether it is federal or provincial governments, lawyers, or financial advisors.... people in the business of forming companies in Canada need to understand the importance of an accessible, public registry to trace true beneficial owners. In this opinion piece, Canadian lawyer Martin Kenney argues that access to that material is an essential tool to frustrate tax evasion, fraud, and terrorism.  He also exposes what he feels is a fundamental hypocrisy in the attitude of  the United States and Canada towards "secrecy jurisdictions."

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