Murray Dobbin — Ten Tax Myths
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♦ Myth 1
Canadians are overtaxed
♦ Myth 2
We have one of the highest tax rates among the 29 countries in the OECD — the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — and the G-7
♦ Myth 3
Taxes on corporations in Canada are too high, especially compared to those in the U.S., discouraging foreign investment and even driving corporate investors from the country
♦ Myth 4
The standard of living of ordinary Canadian working people has decreased over the past 20 years, and rising taxes are largely to blame
♦ Myth 5
Canada needs a flat tax. Our current income tax system penalizes high-income people. This results in a ‘brain drain’ to the U.S., and it discourages wealthy individuals from investing
♦ Myth 6
Canada is a very expensive country in which to do business. One way of getting around this barrier to investment is to provide tax breaks and special tax deductions as incentives
♦ Myth 7
Governments can’t create jobs. All they can do is help and encourage the private sector to create jobs
♦ Myth 8
The stimulative effects on the economy of reducing taxes — especially on the wealthy — would lead to an increase in government revenue, not a decrease
♦ Myth 9
Cancelling the GST now would be too difficult. It raises a large amount of revenue and is an easy tax to collect. It is fair because it is applied equally to everyone
♦ Myth 10
When asked what governments should do with their surpluses, Canadians say that they want tax cuts. Individual consumers know better than governments how to spend their money
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
by Murray Dobbin — October 1999
ISBN: 0-88627-200-9

(don't think it's only for Canada,
it applies also to your country)
(ne pas croire que ce n'est que pour le Canada,
ça vaut aussi pour votre pays)

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About the Author
      Murray Dobbin is a B.C.-based writer and broadcaster, a CCPA Research Associate, and a member of the CCPA’s Board of Directors. He is the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, now available in paperback, “The Myth of the Good Corporate Citizen.”