Reverse the Liberal and Conservative giveaways. The New Democrats will not implement Mr. Harper's profligate, wasteful and unproductive corporate tax breaks. We'll restore a uniform 22.12% tax rate – what it was before the Martin and Harper governments began these giveaways.
Simplify the tax code by reviewing and eliminating outdated tax incentives and loopholes. Tighten-up tax administration so everyone pays their fair share of taxes, and the billions of dollars in taxes currently owed, but not paid, are collected.
Of course, some people disagree: A tax professor at the University of Calgary (oh, ho-ho-ho!), the OECD, and the C. D. Howe Institute among others. The usual suspects. According to KPMG, Canada's corporate taxes (when compounded with provincial tax rates) are the third-highest in the OECD.
No surprise, the Canadian Labour Congress disputes KPMG's numbers:
However, Canadian Labour Congress economistErin Weir counters the claim that corporate tax rates in Canada are relatively high, arguing it is no longer accurate."Canada's marginal effective tax rate dropped from 37 per cent to 31 per cent, mainly due to accelerated depreciation for manufacturers and other targeted measures," Weir said.
Not only is Canada's marginal effective tax rate lower than the 32-per-cent average of industrial countries, the rate on Canada's struggling manufacturing sector is an even lower 23 per cent, well below the 31-per-cent average in industrial countries, Weir added.
What I don't think can possibly be disputed is that Canadians have received very little for previous tax cuts [pdf link]:
As noted, the federal corporate income tax rate has been cut from 28% in 2000 to 21% today. But there is,to date, no evidence of a significant impact on investment.On the contrary, corporate pre-tax profits have soared to a record-high as a percentage of national income, while real business investment in structures and in machinery and equipment has languished.