Category Taxation in North America

Trudea Says No to Internet Tax

June 16, 2017 Taxation in Canada

Canadian internet taxOTTAWA – Plans for a tax on high-speed internet have been quickly shutdown by the Prime Minister of Canada, following a proposal for such a tax by a national heritage group.

On June 15th the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau stated that the government would not support the recent proposal to instate a tax on high-speed internet services.

The proposal was raised by the Canadian Heritage parliamentary committee, and called for a 5 percent tax to be instated on high speed internet connections.

The tax will be applied to “broadband internet providers”, but their offered basic services packages would be exempt from the tax.

Due to the targeting of the tax, it has come to be called a “Netflix Tax” as it will be more likely to impact high-end users, and not individuals who want acces...

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Canada and UK Shut Down Carousel Scheme

June 15, 2017 Taxation in Canada

Carousel CanadaONTARIO – Tax investigators hope they have put an end to a CAD 50 million carousel scheme reaching from the UK to Canada.

The tax authorities of Canada and the UK have revealed that this week they carried out simultaneous raids on addresses associated with large-scale tax fraud across the two countries.

Accusations of fraud revolve around an alleged CAD 52 million in false tax refunds obtained by a group of 11 people based in the UK.

The fraud is understood to be a “carousel scheme”, which has become common in the EU and UK, but is still relatively rare.

The scheme involves a series of businesses, which purchase goods from each other, with some businesses in the chain claiming refunds on the GST paid on goods, without ever paying any GST themselves.

Often the goods are passed continual...

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Undocumented Migrants Pay $2 Billion in Tax

April 28, 2017 Taxation in USA

Tax returns in the USAWASHINGTON D.C. – Undocumented migrants in the USA are paying out more than their fair share in income tax, according to a new study.

In a report released earlier this week the US think tank the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) showed that some undocumented immigrants in the USA pay a total of USD 2 billion in state and local taxes per year.

The new study revolves around the taxes paid by individuals who fall within the scope of the DACA program, which allows some illegal migrants to live in the country, if they were brought to the USA at a young age.

Currently approximately 1.3 million undocumented migrants who are enrolled in the DACA system paid income taxes.

The young taxpayers are estimated to have paid approximately 8...

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Trump Reveals New Tax Plan

April 27, 2017 Taxation in USA

Trump Tax PlanWASHINGTON D.C. – The US Trump administration has pushed out its tax reform plan, touting new tax cuts, but without any new tax revenue streams.

On April 26th the Trump Administration released its blueprint for upcoming tax reforms to be enacted in the USA.

The new blueprint is intended to be used as a guide and direction for lawmakers as they debate the proposed tax reform bill over the coming months.

The new plan has been hailed as the “biggest individual and corporate tax cut in American history”.

The key points of the plan revolve around the reduction of corporate income tax from a rate of 35 percent to 15 percent, and a reduction in the number of tax thresholds for personal income, from the current seven to three.

The number of tax deductions available for households would doubl...

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First Sugar Tax in US proves Successful

April 21, 2017 Taxation in USA

Sugar taxesWASHINGTON D.C – America’s first tax on soda and other sugary drinks seems to have paid off, with consumers buying fewer sugary drinks, but the level of taxes and revenues not dropping.

On April 18th the results of a new study were published in the medical journal PLOS Medicine, with an evaluation of the outcomes of the first tax on sugar sweetened beverages enacted in the USA.

In March 2015 a “penny per ounce” tax was added to the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in the USA, a measure which saw an effective cost hike of USD 0.12 per can of drink sold, and a rise of USD 0.68 per two litre bottle sold.

The results of the study suggested that the overall sales of the drinks fell by nearly 10 percent during the course of the past year.

It was also seen that bottled water, and other untaxed...

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