Tax season is soon upon us, making it an opportune time to make Canada’s taxation system more democratic.
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Tax season is fast approaching, but there are limited opportunities for Canadians to influence how their taxes are spent. Here’s how a new innovation could lead to a more democratic tax system.
Politicisation of taxpayer-funded advertising is wasteful and creates an uneven playing field in elections.
Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula received a sweetheart deal from the state to finance their new stadium.
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Study after study has shown that stadiums are terrible public investments. Taxpayers rarely want to pay for them. So why do governments keep subsidizing them?
Even the simplest 1040 tax returns are facing delays.
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The IRS has yet to finish millions of returns from the 2021 tax season. That doesn’t bode well for 2022.
Several lawmakers from high-tax states like New York are pushing for changes to a key tax deduction in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package.
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The 2017 tax cuts put a $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes. The richest households would see the biggest gains from eliminating or raising the cap.
U.S. taxpayers spend more than $2 billion annually in tax preparation fees.
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Dozens of prosperous countries save billions of dollars and hours annually by not requiring residents to fill out tax returns, so what is the United States waiting for?
Instead of wage subsidy and business loan schemes, allowing households, workers and employers to borrow against future income could be more efficient and equitable in the long run.
Once paid, tax becomes the property of the government. Pretending otherwise undermines the basic principles of the social contract.
The tax code can feel like a labyrinth.
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Congress tends to use the tax code to implement policy, which increases complexity and creates loopholes wealthy taxpayers like Trump can exploit.
Trump has tried to keep his taxes in the dark for years.
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Because the rich often have complicated deductions that dabble in the gray areas of tax law, it’s simply easier to audit the straightforward taxes of the working poor.
A convenience store worker hands out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
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Which candies count as candy in the eyes of the tax law? The answer often depends on one ingredient.
The proposed National Health Insurance has raised questions about the government’s ability to manage a complex health system
The South African government is going ahead with the National Health Insurance scheme but has yet to detail how it is to be funded. What seems certain is that taxpayers will foot the bill.
The federal government committed to reducing water extraction from the Murray-Darling Basin.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.
Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates.
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Charter school operators have been capitalizing on lax laws that let them lease building space to themselves at above-market rates. A simple ban could end the practice, two education scholars argue.
A Fairfax/ATO investigation suggests the tax office has broken the trust of taxpayers.
A Four Corners/Fairfax investigation shows the need for an advisory board to make sure that tax officers are accountable as part of the Taxpayers’ charter.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt speaking in 2017.
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There needs to be a more honest debate around the topic of foreign aid – there isn’t much evidence in the claim that it’s a pressing concern for much of the public.
To the taxpayer, each long-term early school leaver costs $335,000.
Achievement is largely locked in by the age of 25, so those who do not have a Year 12 qualification by then are unlikely ever to have one.
So many forms, so little time.
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The burden of filing our taxes appears to be growing, especially for those who tend to wait until the last minute to fill in their 1040s.
Was Barnaby Joyce’s international comparison correct?
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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said backpackers would be better off working in Australia with a 19% tax than in New Zealand, England and Canada. Is that true? And what would a 15% or 10.5% tax mean?
Labor MP Kate Ellis, speaking on Q&A.
After Australia announced a refugee deal with the US, Labor’s Kate Ellis told Q&A that millions of dollars were spent on an earlier deal with Cambodia, yet very few lives were changed. Is that right?