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Simplicity and Fairness in the Tax System

WHEREAS many taxpayers receive significant tax refunds at year-end, effectively interest free loans to Government, because it is so difficult to adjust tax withholding during the year (average refund of $1,641 for 2012);

WHEREAS many Canadian taxpayers pay for preparation of tax returns due to the complexity of our income tax system;

WHEREAS comparing those who make $40,000, $100,000 and $250,000 a year, those on each higher income receive more tax relief for pension contributions ($1,491, $6,320 and $12,101, respectively for RRSPs – BC rates for 2016);

WHEREAS other countries provide substantially completed tax returns, or indeed avoid large sections of their population having to file tax returns, through a more co-operative tax authority and accurate tax withholding. (Canadians filed 26.1M returns in 2012, compared to 10.8M for 2012/13 in the UK, despite populations of 34M and 64M, respectively).


BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to:

  1. Review tax systems from countries such as the UK and Norway to design a more accurate tax withholding system in Canada, also aiming to reduce the number of Canadians that must file tax returns;
  2. Investigate the use of tax relief “at source” for items such as pension contributions and charitable contributions to ensure that taxpayers lend less money to the Government;
  3. Investigate the use of tax credits for pension contributions, so that contributors receive support that is not based solely on income, but rather that encourages pension saving in a fair manner.


Contact: Mark Mitchell

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