Canada’s corporations have already earned enough revenue this year to pay off their 2022 taxes, according to a new report.
The research from Canadians for Tax Fairness, published on Thursday, shows that “Corporate Income Tax Freedom Day,” which refers to the point where corporations have earned the last dollar they need to fulfill their tax obligations, came at 12:33 a.m. on Jan. 7.
By comparison, Canadians pay on average a couple of months’ worth of income to taxes.
“How is it fair that the average Canadian corporation only pays a week’s worth of income towards the public services we all need, when the average Canadian contributes a couple of months worth of income in taxes?” D.T. Cochrane, an economist and said the report’s author, said in a news release.
“It’s especially outrageous when corporations have received hundreds of millions of dollars in support from Canadian governments.”
Corporate Income Tax Freedom Day has arrived an average of about 30 minutes sooner each year since 2015, which Canadians for Tax Fairness attributes to reductions in the statutory tax rate and corporate tax loopholes.
In addition, the group estimates that if the average statutory tax rate from the 1980s and 1990s, 48 percent, had remained in place in the 2000s and beyond, there would be an additional $1.1 trillion in government coffers.
“The solutions are clear, easy to implement, and Canada’s corporations can easily afford to contribute their fair share,” Cochrane said. “The federal government should raise the corporate income tax rate from 15 percent to 20 percent, and tax excessive pandemic profits, especially from corporations that got public subsidies.”
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