Bizarre taxes to put our situation into perspective

We like to complain (and for good reason) about the litany of taxes imposed on us by various levels of government, but this post on Neatorama details some bizarre taxes through history that make current ones seem tame. Peter the Great, czar of Russia, imposed a tax on souls in 1718…meaning everybody had to pay […]

Simplifying VAT in the UK compared to GST in Canada

This recent post on the SME Blog talks about the recent changes the UK has made to VAT, in that they are now offering small businesses the ability to account for and remit VAT on a cash basis, rather than accrual: The VAT cash accounting scheme allows you to account for VAT (output tax) on […]

Bank of Canada chief pushes smarter provincial sales tax

David Dodge, the governor of the Bank of Canada and the current architect of our monetary policy, suggested the province of Ontario should revamp the provincial sales tax (PST) to more closely resemble the value-added federal GST in a rare appearance before the Commons industry committee. The suggestion is a solid one, as it would […]

Broad base and low rates = recipe for tax fairness

The Tax Foundation‘s Tax Policy Blog has an interesting post concerning a report produced by something called the (US) Congressional Research Service. The report investigates the possibility of a flat tax in simplifying the tax code and concludes that the existence of a progressive system isn’t what is making things complicated at all. I’ve already […]