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Cost of tax compliance in Canada

From 1996 to 2014, Ottawa added 27 personal tax expenditures, for a total of 128.

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Canada’s tax code is too complicated—even for CRA officials

In 1917, the Income Tax Act contained 3,999 words—by 2016, it ballooned to 1,029,042 words.

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The Trudeau government eliminated a number of tax credits, thereby increasing income taxes for some Canadians.

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Ottawa can simplify the tax system

The cost of complying with Canada’s personal income tax system is roughly $501 per household each year.

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With more tax credits, the government has to keep income tax rates higher to raise the same amount of revenue.

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Amazingly, the federal government offers no cost estimates of more than 90 tax expenditures.

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From 2001 to 2014, the sheer number of personal income tax expenditures has increased 24 per cent.