When Jeffrey Bezos was deciding where to base his new e-commerce business in 1995, Seattle was not his first choice. Instead, the CEO of Amazon, now the world’s largest online store, eyed an Indian reservation near San Francisco that would have considerably lowered his tax bill.
A court fines a young auditor for blowing the whistle on a major accounting firm, several Canadian multinationals, Apple, Starbucks and a former Luxembourg Finance Minister. Despite their covert tax schemes, the big guys are free to go but Antoine Deltour's career is in shambles. What's wrong with this picture?
The same KPMG lawyer who sent a gag order letter to the Parliamentary Finance Committee wrote to the Federal Court on behalf of CRA and KPMG "informing" the judge that both parties had agreed to another extension. The case is already three years old.
In this six point summary to the Finance Committee of Canada's Senate, C4TF Executive Director Dennis Howlett outlines how strong budget measures can help achieve tax fairness both in Canada and globally. It was presented on June 8, 2016.
Canadians for Tax Fairness will appear before the Finance Committee today to deliver this message to Parliament
"The Tax Industry will tell you that they have it under control and that confidentiality should trump the public interest. This is not their call to make. It is yours. It is time to prioritize the public interest so that every Canadian paying their fair share isn't trumped by professional facilitators used by the wealthy.
Isle of Man, Panama, Cayman Islands... we have had enough."
Read the entire presentation by Executive Director Dennis Howlett and Board Member and ACFO counsel Scott Chamberlain.
Will the committee get bowled over by the big accounting? If they do, it has serious repurcussions for the state of our tax system.
The Canada Revenue Agency scored worse of any government department for deleting paper and electronic files. We sympathize - who doesn't have way too many emails in their inbox? But this is the CRA - the guys who are supposed to be in the know when it comes to good records management.