Tax Evasion in Canada
Throughout the history, taxation has always been one of the most important policies for the government of Canada regarding to raising revenues. Like all the other policies, taxation also includes a problem within itself, although it was established on the objectives of equity, efficiency, positive economic growth and proper administrative costs. This problem is commonly known as "Tax evasion". Tax evasion is a crime against the tax policy, in which consumers and producers commit by not reporting part or whole of their taxable income. In their book, "Fighting Back", authors Malvern and Vandenberg reports that, according to Revenue Canada, tax evasion is "the commission or ommission of an act knowingly with the intent to deceive so that the tax reported by the tax payer is less than the tax payable under the law, or a conspiracy to commit such an offense."(9) In compare to United States, tax evasion is not a big amount in Canada, but as a form of underground economic activity, it continues with an increasing rate within the borders.
Based on legal and illegal activities in the economy, tax evasion is one of the most important problems for the government of Canada because of it's effect on the revenues and national accounts. This paper is going to review tax evasion and it's elements including the argument of fairness of Revenue Canada towards the citizens regarding the tax policy, and what it should do to decrease or totally finish this type of crime.
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