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Companies Pay Or Collect 49 Different Taxes, More Than Twice As Many As In The U.K.
Canada’s business tax system is complex and costly, challenging the country’s ability to compete internationally, a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) shows.
The 2007 Total Tax Contribution survey is based on a framework developed by PwC in the United Kingdom and encompasses all taxes paid by a company as well as all taxes collected by the company from its employees and customers on behalf of governments. A company’s total tax contribution is therefore a measure of its total impact on government revenues.
The survey found that companies in Canada are subject to 49 different taxes and 18 other payments to governments at the federal, provincial and municipal level. Adding to the complexity of Canada’s tax system, companies are subject to more than 200 possible “taxing points” — the number of tax obligations a business would be required to fulfill if it were subject to all taxes in all jurisdictions.
On average, the companies that took part in the survey spent $2.1 million a year to comply with these taxes. The average time spent on compliance was 19,863 hours, which translates to … Read more »
The 2008 federal budget takes modest but important steps to reinforce the competitiveness of the Canadian economy and highlights the need for prudent fiscal management at a time of growing global uncertainty, says the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
The projected budget surplus drops from a robust $10.2 billion in the current fiscal year to just $2.3 billion next year and $1.3 billion in 2009/10. “There is now very little room for error,” said CCCE Executive Vice President David Stewart-Patterson. “The forecast for economic growth in 2008 has fallen by 1.3 percentage points since the government’s October 2007 Economic Statement. A further drop of even half a percentage point over the course of a full year might be enough to tip the government into deficit.”
Federal spending growth is beginning to slow, but total program spending will reach $218 billion by 2009/10, an increase of $30 billion or 16 percent from 2006/07. “The government launched a new expenditure management system last year, and a continuing focus on the rigorous review and reallocation of existing spending is essential,” Mr. Stewart-Patterson said.
Given its tight fiscal constraints, the budget concentrates on measures that will produce real benefits at low cost. The … Read more »
Canadians Must Look Outward with Confidence, not Inward with Fear, CCCE says in Submission to the Federal Competition Policy Review Panel
Canada suffers from a culture of complacency and must revamp its public policies and intensify its corporate ambitions to be a leading global player, said Thomas d’Aquino, Chief Executive and President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
“In a world in which people, ideas and money move with incredible speed, Canadians must look outward with confidence rather than inward with fear,” Mr. d’Aquino said in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada. His remarks coincided with the release of the CCCE’s submission to the federal Competition Policy Review Panel, which is considering Canada’s foreign investment and competition policies in light of several recent foreign takeovers of major Canadian companies.
Mr. d’Aquino noted that the recent wave of international mergers and acquisitions had stoked fears about the potential “hollowing out” of corporate Canada, including a loss of head offices and an erosion of economic sovereignty. Those concerns are understandable, yet the most effective way to handle the challenges of globalization is not to hide behind national borders but to seize the opportunities created by an open global economy. “Put simply,” Mr. d’Aquino said, “the best defence against any potential loss of economic sovereignty is … Read more »
Comments by Thomas d’Aquino, Chief Executive and President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), on today’s federal Economic Statement:
“The significant corporate income tax cuts announced today by federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will provide a powerful boost to Canada’s ability to compete for investment and jobs in the global economy.
“By giving Canada the lowest corporate tax rate among major industrialized countries and an advantage of more than 12 percentage points over the United States, this tax-cut plan will help companies to continue to invest and grow in Canadian communities despite the rapid rise of the Canadian dollar and intense global competition.
“The Canadian Council of Chief Executives agrees that the next step is for comparable action by provincial governments, and we strongly support the goal set by Minister Flaherty of a combined federal-provincial corporate income tax rate of 25 percent.
“We support the federal government’s intention to work with provinces that still have retail sales taxes to adopt instead value-added taxes harmonized with the Goods and Services Tax. As Minister Flaherty noted, this would be the single most important action that these provinces could take to improve their ability, and that of Canada as a … Read more »
Broadly based tax cuts, improved border infrastructure and increased support for innovation are among the keys to securing Canada’s economic prosperity and fostering more and better jobs for Canadians, says the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
“The federal government addressed these issues squarely in last night’s Speech from the Throne,” said Thomas d’Aquino, Chief Executive and President of the CCCE. “At a time when many Canadian companies are being challenged by a high dollar, a weakening United States economy, high energy prices and intense competition from emerging economies such as China and India, the future prosperity of all Canadians is at stake. We urge parliamentarians from all parties to work together to make Canadian communities better places to invest and to create well-paying jobs.”
In particular, Mr. d’Aquino applauded the government’s commitment in the Throne Speech to bringing forward, as early as this autumn, a long-term plan of broadly based reductions in personal and corporate income tax rates. At the same time, he noted the important speech made last week by Liberal Party Leader Stéphane Dion calling for significant new corporate tax cuts.
“As Mr. Dion pointed out, corporate tax cuts are the best way to drive investment and … Read more »
Lower corporate taxes, larger Canadian companies and an efficient Canada-United States border are the best ways for Canada to attract more head-office jobs amid a global wave of mergers and acquisitions, say Canada’s top chief executives and entrepreneurs.
The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) has concluded a six-month review of the rising pace of global consolidation in many industries, a trend that has sparked fears in some quarters of a potential “hollowing out” of the country’s head offices. The review included a survey of member chief executives, a roundtable in New York with key players in global markets and an extensive discussion at the CCCE Autumn Members’ Meeting in Montreal on October 2.
The clearest message to emerge from the CCCE review is that the best defence is a good offence. “This is not an issue that we can address by building walls. Rather, we must concentrate on making Canada a better place from which to do business around the world,” said CCCE Chief Executive and President Thomas d’Aquino.
The CCCE review identified three critical factors for making Canada more attractive as a home base for international enterprises. “First, taxes matter. Lower corporate tax rates are the single most … Read more »
National Science and Technology Strategy is Key to Building Competitive Advantage, Business Leaders Say
Canada’s business leaders today strongly welcomed the federal government’s new national science and technology strategy and promised to work closely with political leaders and senior officials in fostering a more innovative and entrepreneurial national culture.
“At a time when workers and companies across the country are facing fierce competitive pressures, it is imperative that Canada launch a more robust national effort to advance the priority of science and technology,” said Thomas d’Aquino, Chief Executive and President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
Mr. d’Aquino was in Waterloo, Ontario, today to attend the unveiling of Canada’s new national science and technology strategy by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Accompanying the Prime Minister were Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Rona Ambrose.
Building on the Advantage Canada plan released last fall by Minister Flaherty, the new strategy includes a wide range of specific policy commitments aimed at improving Canada’s competitiveness and productivity through innovation.
“One of the key strengths of this strategy is its focus on creating a strong entrepreneurial advantage for Canada,” Mr. d’Aquino said. “The government has recognized that innovation does not take place in a vacuum. It requires, first and foremost, … Read more »
The 2007 federal budget delivers a host of measures that will help Canadians compete more successfully in the global economy, says the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
“To ensure growing prosperity for all Canadians over the next decade, our country must compete on three fronts: people, ideas and investment,” said CCCE Chief Executive and President Thomas d’Aquino. “This budget launches important initiatives in all three areas, adding real muscle to the comprehensive competitiveness strategy laid out by the government last autumn.”
The budget includes a series of measures that should be highly effective in enabling Canadian enterprises to expand investment in new technologies and to continue growing in Canadian communities:
- Allowing Canada’s hard-pressed manufacturers to write off their investments in new equipment in just two years offers critical support to help them to survive and grow in an intensely competitive global market, and all businesses will benefit from accelerated capital cost allowance rates in other areas.
- Offering provincial governments a financial incentive to encourage the elimination of capital taxes will speed up the reduction of Canada’s effective marginal tax rate on business investment.
- Focusing significant new public investment on transportation and border infrastructure, notably in the Detroit-Windsor area, will
Canadian Council of Chief Executives Elects Gordon M. Nixon as new Chair, Sets Ambitious Policy Agenda for 2007
The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) has elected Gordon M. Nixon as its new Chair. Mr. Nixon is President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Bank of Canada, and has served as a member of the CCCE’s Executive Committee since 2003.
At its New Year Members’ Meeting in Toronto, the Council also approved an ambitious agenda for the coming year. The central focus of this agenda will be to enhance the ability of Canadian companies to compete effectively in the global marketplace and to help shape a domestic policy environment that gives primacy to sound economics and good governance.
The CCCE is Canada’s premier business association, with an outstanding record of achievement in matching entrepreneurial initiative with sound public policy choices nationally and globally. It is composed of 150 chief executives of major enterprises and leading entrepreneurs. Member CEOs lead companies that collectively administer $3.2 trillion in assets, have annual revenues of more than $750 billion, and are responsible for the vast majority of Canada’s exports, investment, research and development, and training.
Mr. Nixon succeeds former Chair Richard L. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Suncor Energy Inc. Mr. George remains on the CCCE’s Executive Committee as Honorary … Read more »