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Entries Tagged as 'Taxes'

With BC’s job market stalled, it’s time for a jobs plan that actually works

August 13th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance

The latest BC job numbers reveal a picture of persistently high unemployment and stalled job creation. Since January, BC’s unemployment rate has been on a roller-coaster ride, down one month and up the next. All in all, here have been very few jobs created in 2013, far fewer than needed to employ our growing working […]

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Are average Canadians paying too much in taxes?

April 24th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

On April 23, the Fraser Institute released the annual update of their misleading Consumer Tax Index report. The piece is meant to feed the anti-tax sentiment with numbers sprinkled liberally for their shock value instead of providing any meaningful analysis. Here are some of the main flaws with the report’s methodology. If what follows sounds […]

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BC has plenty of room to increase taxes

March 19th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Taxes

by Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova and Shannon Daub (previously run by the Tyee here) Our last post argued that British Columbians are open to tax increases, and that the province would be well advised to increase revenues so that we can invest in services that improve our quality of life (such as affordable child care, […]

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Your BC income taxes are lower than you think

March 15th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

As we approach tax filing time, here’s a little context regarding your BC income taxes… One of the problems plaguing debates about taxes in BC is that people think they pay much more in provincial income taxes than they actually do. For example, if I suggested that everyone pay 20% more in provincial income taxes, […]

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The Shifting Terrain of Taxes in BC: Budget signals new openness to tax increases

March 3rd, 2013 · · Comments Off · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

[The following piece was also published on The Tyee here.] These are certainly interesting times. For all the faults in last week’s BC Budget (and there were many), it’s worth noting that the conversation about taxes has fundamentally shifted, and in a welcome direction. After vigorously insisting for years that tax increases would be ruinous […]

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Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada

February 14th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Taxes, Transparency & accountability

A new CCPA (National) report by Marc Lee and myself argues that Canada’s tax system needs a “fairness” overhaul and presents a framework for progressive tax reform. Those of you who have been following our tax work so far will find this study a great complement to the BC Tax Options Paper. Tax policy is […]

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BC throne speech repackages old announcements, lacks courage and vision

February 12th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Today’s Speech from the Throne reads more like a list of what this government sees as its main achievements than a true framework for going forward. New initiatives are few and far between, sandwiched between pages of self-congratulatory recap of the natural gas strategy, the jobs plan and highlights from the last budget. All in […]

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Response to a tax critic: the sky will not fall

February 8th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Taxes

On January 29, the Vancouver Sun ran an opinion piece by Iglika Ivanova and myself entitled “The Case for Higher Taxes.” Last Monday (February 4), the Sun ran an opinion piece in response by Andrew Wilkinson (a former deputy minister currently seeking the BC Liberal nomination in Vancouver-Quilchena) entitled “Wave goodbye to skilled labourers.” Today, the […]

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Progressive tax options for BC or how to raise needed revenues and make our tax system more fair

January 30th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

In a new report we released this week, Seth Klein and I show there’s a clear need of tax reform in BC, both to raise new revenues and to make our tax system more fair (Vancouver Sun oped here, CTV News story here). As the report’s title suggest, this is all about options. Instead of […]

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Polling on taxes – response to a critic

December 11th, 2012 · · 3 Comments · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

On November 29, the CCPA released an opinion research study led by myself and Randy Galawan called Beyond the 1%: What British Columbians think about taxes, inequality and public services. The study involved an extensive online survey (poll) of a broad sample of British Columbians, conducted by Environics Research, and nine group interviews held in […]

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