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Dennis Howlett

Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness

Dennis Howlett is the Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness which is campaigning for fairer taxes to fund the comprehensive, high-quality public services and programs required to meet our social, economic and environmental needs in the 21st century. He lives in Ottawa.

Does Flaherty Care About Tax Fairness?

A few small tax perks were closed this budget time around. But the revenue resulting from tweaking non-resident trusts and a handful of other insider loopholes are estimated at only $50 to $80 million in 2015-16. It makes one wonder if Jim Flaherty is committed to the business of fair taxation.
02/12/2014 05:24 EST

Close Tax Loopholes So the Rich Pay More

Top income earners with taxable income of over $135,000 are taxed at 29 per cent -- about average for an industrialized country. But because they have a lot more tax loopholes they can take advantage of, the average income tax rate paid by the richest 1 per cent was only 19.7 per cent. How is that fair?
11/26/2013 12:30 EST

The Conservative Proposal for Less Progressive Taxes Is a Bad Idea

In the real world, much of the money the rich and corporations gained from tax cuts is being socked away, often in tax havens. The amount of Canadian money in tax havens is at an all-time high. One of the main reasons corporations are not investing is that demand for products and services is weak because of stagnant incomes of middle and lower income Canadians.
11/04/2013 08:29 EST

Why Does A Canadian Company Pay Its Taxes to Switzerland?

Cameco is a multi-billion Canadian company that mines Canadian uranium, uses Canadian-developed technology, and relies on Canadian transportation system. Cameco employees use the Canadian education system, the Canadian health system, and they rely on the stability and legal protection that a Canadian democracy provides. So why does Cameco only pay taxes in Switzerland?
09/20/2013 12:35 EDT

Finally, Tax Havens Taken Seriously

The fact that the G8 addressed tax fairness means the tax haven issue has made its way to the top of the global political agenda. That it quite an accomplishment for a small global tax justice network campaigning for the past decade to get governments to take action.
06/19/2013 12:10 EDT

Will Canada Weaken the G8 Action Plan on Tax Havens?

Next week's G8 Summit is an unprecedented opportunity to tackle the murky world of tax havens. But Canada threatens to be a spoiler. Again. British Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed an action...
06/14/2013 05:35 EDT

Canada Can't Afford Not To Crack Down on Tax Cheats

Canada's tax compliance rate is currently about average for OECD countries, but it could erode if the government does not do more to make taxes fairer and go after tax cheats more aggressively. Given the size of the tax-haven problem, it is a false economy to be cutting back on CRA capacity.
05/13/2013 12:14 EDT

Canada's Tax Haven Leak Is Really a Flood

The CBC recently released a huge leak of offshore financial information. But this leak is just the tip of the ice berg. Data comes from some of the smaller tax havens such as the Cook Islands, which are not the major destination of Canadian offshore investment.
04/05/2013 12:09 EDT

How the Budget Measured Up

....much more needs to be done, especially on tax havens The Tax Fairness message seems to be getting through. It was a key theme in the Federal Budget 2013. While we are pleased there were some promi...
03/24/2013 09:53 EDT

Closing Ontario's Income Gap

The gap between rich and poor is growing and that threatens to make us all poorer, in health and quality of life. Governments can take action to help close the gap and their budgets are one of the most important tools they have to do this.
04/16/2012 12:00 EDT