The #MauritiusLeaks tax haven leak from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) include just a few Canadian connections, but they are barely the tip of the iceberg of Canadian corporations using Mauritius as a tax haven for their operations in Africa.
The House of Commons has struck down a Private Member’s Bill to combat international tax haven use. Senator Percy Downe’s Bill-243 would have required Canada Revenue Agency to report on Canada’s tax gap.
CBC investigative journalist Harvey Cashore uncovered that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently reached an out of court settlement with wealthy KPMG clients who were caught using what the CRA called a grossly negligent offshore tax sham. This is a disturbing development for many reasons.
Canadians for Tax Fairness is encouraged the federal government is finally committing to limit the stock option deduction, one of Canada’s most regressive tax loopholes, but the budget misses out on other opportunities to tackle tax dodging.