That's the question that won't go away after a CBC News investigation revealed that several CRA staff were angry and frustrated at their bosses' decision to offer amnesty to wealthy KPMG clients caught using an offshore tax-avoidance scheme. But bosses didn't listen when staff argued that CRA should have pursued a criminal investigation or at least tried to impose large penalties on these tax dodgers.
Tax fairness doesn't come easy. But it is a building block of a good country.
At it's best, a fair tax system gives us all an opportunity to invest in the things that we want for Canada: vibrant communities, healthy families, individual dignity and recognition as a respected global partner. When left to the influence of the very powerful, it becomes skewed in favour of those who don't understand the importance of maintaining and protecting our common values.
Canadians for Tax Fairness works to change the Canadian conversation about taxes. Take a look at our 2015 Review to see what we've accomplished.
Great News: The Global Alliance for Tax Justice has been named a Top Ten leader in the international tax world.Canadians for Tax Fairness is proud to sit on the executive and work with our partners on global campaigns.
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