Vladimir Putin

MacInnis, J. Lyman

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The unmitigated mess that is The Canadian Income Tax Act. Three facts that must be recognized in order to keep the speaker's comments in perspective: "we in Canada are subject to an income tax system that's based, in the first instance, on self-assessment"; "for decades it's been a well-established rule of jurisprudence that income tax laws be written in clear, unmistakable language"; "the cost of getting professional help in the preparation of a tax return, for the vast majority of Canadians, is not deductible for income tax purposes." A look at some examples of the incomprehensibility of The Income Tax Act. A detailed look at specific sections of the Act, with discussion. Suggestions as to how to clean up the Act. Who can accomplish such a clean-up and, if it's politicians, how do we get them to act? A concluding answer.

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