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Fiscal and Tax Policy

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This research area covers the impact of revenue-raising measures, fiscal balances and debts of governments, and the broad choices they make among major spending areas. It includes evaluating the ability of government policies, programs and agencies to deliver on their objectives.

The Knowledge Deficit about Taxes: Who It Affects and What to Do About It
July 5, 2017 - Antoine Genest-Grégoire, Luc Godbout and Jean-Herman Guay
The public’s knowledge gap on taxes leads to higher rates of tax avoidance, undermines trust in the government, and causes lower use of social programs, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe...
Tax Options for Childcare that Encourage Work, Flexibility, Choice, Fairness and Quality
May 31, 2017 - Alexandre Laurin and Kevin Milligan
A new approach to childcare tax breaks is needed in order to relieve the financial stress caused by the increasing costs of raising young children, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In...
Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2017
April 25, 2017 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson
Alberta and New Brunswick come out on top in the Institute’s latest report card on government financial reporting, with Prince Edward Island trailing the pack. In Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal...
Getting Real: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2017
Ottawa should set out a path back toward balance to inspire confidence among savers and investors, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget. In “Getting Real: A Shadow Federal...
Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
February 16, 2017 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin
More than $16 billion of annual “tax expenditures” never show up on the federal government’s books, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of...
Enduring Virtues: Saving and Investing as National Priorities in 2017
January 31, 2017 - William B.P. Robson
Sagging national saving, undermined by government deficits, threaten Canada’s future economic prosperity, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Enduring Virtues: Saving and...
William B.P. Robson - The “Factor of Nine” Crushes Retirement Saving Opportunities – Let’s Pension it Off
Intelligence Memos
From: William B.P. Robson To:  Canadians Struggling to Save for Retirement Date: November 13, 2017 Re: The “Factor of Nine” Crushes Retirement Saving Opportunities – Let’s Pension it Off Ottawa...
Kevin Milligan - Lessons for Canada in Republican Tax Plan
Intelligence Memos
From: Kevin Milligan To: Concerned Canadians Date: November 08, 2017 Re: Lessons for Canada in Republican Tax Plan The tax reform debate in the United States is taking firmer shape in recent weeks,...
Ben Dachis - An Unhappy Tenth Birthday to Toronto’s Land Transfer Tax
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis To: City Councils across Canada Date: October 23, 2017 Re: An Unhappy Tenth Birthday to Toronto’s Land Transfer Tax This week is an anniversary of sorts for the City of Toronto...
Tuer la poule aux oeufs d’or : Les impacts des hausses d’impôt proposées au Québec
Research
Le plan fiscal du nouveau gouvernement du Québec risque d’entraîner un manque à gagner annuel d’environ 800 millions $ pour le trésor québécois, soutient une nouvelle étude de l’Institut C.D. Howe...
Op-Ed
Publié dans La Presse le 1 Septembre, 2012 Par Alexandre Laurin S'il est élu, le Parti québécois prévoit ajouter deux nouveaux paliers d'imposition sur le revenu des contribuables les plus fortunés...
Réformer le financement des services de garde des enfants au Québec: oui, mais comment?
Research
Avec les élections au Québec qui approchent à grands pas, le financement des services de garde (et des services publics en général) risque d’être encore une fois au cœur des débats. Dans l’étude «...
09 Nov 2017
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09
  • Inside Access: Rethinking Limits on Tax-Deferred Retirement Savings in Canada
Conference Call with William Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
02 Nov 2017
Nov
02
  • Inside Access: Flying Below the Radar: The Harmful Impact of Ontario’s Business Property Tax
Conference Call with Benjamin Dachis, Associate Director, Research
Conference Call
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
17 Oct 2017
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17
  • Inside Access: A Question of Fairness: Time to Reconsider Income-Averaging Provisions
Conference Call with Jean‐François Wen, Professor of Economics, University of Calgary
Conference Call
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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