December 14, 2017

Canada ranks first amoung G7 countries for ease of paying taxes, low total tax burden for SMB

Ranking could be threatened in future years

TORONTO -- According to the 12th edition of the Paying Taxes report released by PwC and the World Bank Group, Canada ranks first amongst the G7 nations and 16th out of all 190 economies measured. Despite consistently being in the top 20 over the past five years, Canada's ranking could potentially drop should the federal government implement the proposed legislative changes for private corporations.

On average, small to medium-sized Canadian companies make eight tax payments (versus an average of 24 payments globally) per year and take 131 hours (versus an average of 240 hours globally) to comply with the tax requirements. Under this proposed legislation targeting private corporations, the total tax burden would increase and tax compliance would become more complex, which could result in Canada's ranking decline in the coming years.

"Canada's tax system is one of the most efficient and favourable systems in the world for small to medium-sized businesses. Canada's tax system for large businesses is significantly less favourable. However, proposed changes to the current tax landscape put forward by the Government of Canada in July 2017 could negatively impact Canada's future ranking," said Peter van Dijk, national tax policy leader, PwC. "The Canadian tax system is a critical component of our Canadian investment climate. The recent proposals for private corporations by the government will increase the amount of taxes small and medium-sized businesses will have to pay, diverting money away from future investments and job creation."

The Paying Taxes 2018 report measures the overall ease of paying taxes for small to medium-sized domestic companies based on the following criteria: number of tax payments per year, time required to compile returns and submit tax payments, total tax liability as a percentage of pre-tax profits, and post-filing index which measures the time to obtain a VAT refund, correct a corporate income tax return, and deal with the corresponding audits.

To access the full Paying Taxes Report, click here.



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