ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF TAXATION In Canada

ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF TAXATION, ALTERNATIVE TAXATION POLICIES, AND THE TAXATION STRUCTURE IN CANADA

This study examines and assesses the Canadian taxation structure within the context of alternative taxation models and alternative taxation policies. A substantial proportion of Canada’s population assails the Canadian tax system, while simultaneously outside of Canada organizations such as the United Nations rank Canada at or near to the top of the list as the best country in which to live. Obviously, the country is doing something right. Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement in the realm of taxation. Further, changing environments frequently demand adjustments to taxation systems as a minimum and fundamental changes to such systems in some instances.

This study begins with a conceptual review of taxation theory, models of taxation systems, and taxation policies. An analysis and assessment of alternative models of taxation systems and alternative taxation policies follows the conceptual review. Following the assessment of alternative models and policies, a description of the taxation system in Canada as it exists in 2001 establishes a baseline for further sections of this study, which (1) assess the conceptual position of the Canadian taxation system within the context of alternative taxation models and policies and (2) evaluate the effectiveness of Canada’s taxation system within the context both desirable societal outcomes and the recommendations of the Carter Commission for tax reform in Canada.

Taxation Theory, Models of Taxation, and Taxation Policies: A Conceptual Review

There exist strong interrelationships among taxation theories, models of taxation, and taxation policies. Taxation theory provides a basis for the development of models for taxation systems. Taxation policies reflect the emphases in the implementation and functioning of taxation systems.

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