From 1996 to 2014, Ottawa added 27 personal tax expenditures, for a total of 128.
In 1917, the Income Tax Act contained 3,999 words—by 2016, it ballooned to 1,029,042 words.
The Trudeau government eliminated a number of tax credits, thereby increasing income taxes for some Canadians.
The cost of complying with Canada’s personal income tax system is roughly $501 per household each year.
With more tax credits, the government has to keep income tax rates higher to raise the same amount of revenue.
Amazingly, the federal government offers no cost estimates of more than 90 tax expenditures.
From 2001 to 2014, the sheer number of personal income tax expenditures has increased 24 per cent.
Between 1971 and 2014, the federal Income Tax Act’s text area increased by 355 per cent.
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In the 12 years following 2001, there were almost two new tax expenditures per year.