MARKHAM, ON – December 21, 2011….Lower profit tax rates and the harmonization of many tax procedures have helped Canada retain its ranking as one of the world’s Top 10 business environments, in terms of tax compliance, according to the World Bank Doing Business Report.
The annual Report assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 183 economies, ranking each on the basis of various criteria including ease of starting a business, insolvency resolution, cross-border trade and the ease (or otherwise) of paying taxes.
Said Harris Kligman, Tax Partner at Markham, ON – based KRP (Kestenberg Rabinowicz Partners LLP) and a Co-director of the Russell Bedford Tax Services Group, “Russell Bedford member firms have contributed to the Report’s Paying Taxes survey since 2009, with 51 member and correspondent firms contributing data on tax regulation, compliance and the real tax burden on businesses and entrepreneurs”, this year.
This Paying Taxes survey ranks Canada in eighth place, for the second year running.  Canada is ranked in 13th place worldwide in terms of overall ease of doing business.
The Report commends Canada for wide-ranging reforms in unifying tax procedures, and in lowering taxes on profits.  ‘Canada made paying taxes easier and less costly for companies by reducing profit tax rates, eliminating the Ontario capital tax and harmonizing sales taxes … After harmonizing federal and provincial profit taxes beginning in the 2009 tax year, the country unified federal and municipal sales taxes in Ontario and British Columbia, lessening the tax compliance burden.  Beginning in the 2010 tax year businesses are subject only to the federal harmonized sales tax, which replaces the former federal goods and services tax and provincial sales tax.  The harmonization creates a tax regime that is easy to administer and easy to comply with.’
Kligman added, “It is encouraging to see Canada confirmed as one of the world’s leading markets. The 130 hours per year that Canadian businesses spend on tax compliance is significantly below the OECD average of 186, and is a direct result of recent initiatives to minimize the compliance burden on business.”

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