Tax Fairness Blog

The Tax Cut Myth

Why do so many Canadians  keep falling for that old siren call of tax cuts?  When it comes to taxes it seem the Trudeau Liberals are playing the same old cheesy game. Free money! Whee! That wouldn’t happen if we didn’t keep falling for it, says veteran columnist Susan Riley.

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Canada is Back? Not Until Taxation is Truly Fair

Justin Trudeau says he is ready to go after tax cheats -- corporate and individual. That's good news.  But columnist Murray Dobbin argues tweaking the tax system is not enough. Now that we have a government that says it believes in governing, comprehensive progressive tax reform needs to be front and centre. It could make a $60 billion a year difference. 

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First Person: When a Tax Specialist Pitches You on a Scheme

Canmore businessman Ken Moore shares his story of a visit to a reputable Calgary tax specialist who tried to sell him on a tax evasion scheme. "Is this even legal?" Moore asked.  The cynical answer is one more reason why Canada needs to tune up the ethical behaviour of the tax industry. 

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The Canada Revenue Agency Needs an Overhaul

The first time it happened I was taken aback.

A Canada Revenue Agency employee approached me after I had given a talk to a community group in Charlottetown about tax havens. She shared her frustrations and concerns. Mismanagement and misplaced priorities, she said, were hobbling the capacity of the agency to do a good job on behalf of Canadians. Staff were being forced to throw the book at ordinary taxpayers who had simply made small errors in their tax returns. They were no longer able to exercise discretion or arrange for more flexible payment plans. Meanwhile, big time tax cheats were getting off lightly.

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Time for a CRA Housecleaning

It already seems so long since Stephen Harper lorded over our nation. But before memories fade of this awful ordeal, there are some critical house-cleaning items to take care of. Perhaps the most pressing is the need to uncover whether the Canada Revenue Agency was improperly taking political direction from the Prime Minister’s Office.  BC Journalist Mitchell Anderson explains why.

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Austerity's Vicious Cycle

Alex Himelfarb pokes behind the real meaning and purpose of austerity in the opinion piece.  He shows how the word has become code for a cycle of erosion and distrust -  a bargain-basement version of citizenship.  

Something to think about as we cast  our votes for the Canada we want.  

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Google is Notoriously Anti-Tax: Why Is it Sponsoring Leaders' Debate on Economy?

The economy has been a key issue in this campaign. And how – and who pays their taxes is an essential part of that discussion.  So it would make sense that it would be a hot issue at Thursday’s leaders’ debate on the economy.  But there’s a worrisome development. One of the world’s biggest tax avoiders is getting in on the election action. Google is partnering with the Globe and Mail to host a leaders’ debate on the economy.  

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