Sorry Virginia, income taxes are constitutional

Part 4 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

Sorry Virginia, income taxes are constitutionalPart 3: Occupy Wall Street’s lousy math By Mark Milke Author Tax Me I’m Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 17, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If I had a buck for every time someone e-mailed or called to insist that “the federal government cannot legally collect income tax,” I would have long ago retired to sip red…

Are taxes unjust?

Calling taxes theft is either a sign of gross ignorance or dangerous rhetoric

Are taxes unjust?EDMONTON, AB, Apr 16, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It’s the giving season again. No, not Christmas, though it seems to sneak up on us just as fast. April 30 is coming round again and with it the need to pay our taxes. We all grumble and groan about it but for the most part we…

Occupy Wall Street’s lousy math

Part 3 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

Occupy Wall Street’s lousy mathPart 2: How America created Canada’s high-tax state By Mark Milke Author Tax Me I'm Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 13, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Advocates of reflexive state intervention as the desired means to a better world often believe their cause to be noble and just. From Robespierre and the French revolutionaries in the 18th…

How America created Canada’s high-tax state

Part 2 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

How America created Canada’s high-tax statePart 1: The birth of a Leviathan: The early origins of taxation By Mark Milke Author Tax Me I'm Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 10, 2014/ Troy Media/ - For some present-day Canadians, it is often assumed that our identity rests upon a higher tax burden vis-à-vis the United States. Actually, the historical record is that…

Government union pension claims lack credibility

The misleading rhetoric from government union leaders is part of the problem

Government union pension claims lack credibilityCALGARY, AB, Apr 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If Canadians ever wonder why it is so difficult to reform government spending, there’s a simple reason: government employee unions. A good example (if one can call it that) is the issue of growing government sector pension costs and the outright resistance from the unions to address…

The birth of a Leviathan: The early origins of taxation

Part 1 of a 5 part series excerpted from Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s’ Guide to your Money and How Politicians Spend It

The birth of a Leviathan: The early origins of taxationBy Mark Milke Author Tax Me I'm Canadian CALGARY, AB, Apr 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - To find the origins of tax, one has to travel back in time to the ancient world and to a fertile plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, now modern Iraq. History’s first recorded tax was brought to mankind…

Make it simple: Do your own taxes

And flex your financial muscles

Make it simple: Do your own taxesCALGARY, AB, Mar 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Do you prepare you own tax return, or do you hand off an envelope of receipts and T4’s to a professional tax preparer? Popping your tax return in the mail box – whether it's the one the corner or the email on your computer – is a…

Guess how much the 1% pay in income tax

203,010 Canadians paid 20% of all federal and provincial incomes taxes in 2011

Guess how much the 1% pay in income taxCALGARY, AB, Jan 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - About five years ago I became acquainted with a retired fellow by the name of Jim Tocher. Then in his eighties, Bolden B.C.-born Tocher was a classic Canadian success story. After university in Vancouver, Tocher worked for several energy firms in the 1950s and 1960s before going…

Will governments back off their taxing trend in 2014?

No matter how much overburdened families would hope so, don’t count on it

Will governments back off their taxing trend in 2014?By Sean Speer and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC, Jan 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - A new year can bring new possibilities. It’s a chance to take stock of what we’ve accomplished in the past year and to set new goals for the future. It’s also, however, when Canadian governments typically enact new…

Why Canadian travel costs so much

Open competition would lead to lower taxi and air fares

Why Canadian travel costs so muchCALGARY, AB, Jan 6, 2014/ Troy Media/ - For those returning home after the holidays, here’s a question you might have pondered: Why does it cost so much to travel? Answer: government policy. Consider two examples, starting first with taxi fares. Across Canada, cities limit the number of taxi licences available. This, we are told,…