Getting to the bottom of Calgary’s rising property tax problem

Brendan Neeson with Colliers International in Calgary explains why tax levels have shifted and what businesses should do about it

Getting to the bottom of Calgary’s rising property tax problemBrendan Neeson is senior director of property tax services with Colliers International in Calgary. How are non-residential properties taxed in the City of Calgary? Neeson: In my 13 years in the property tax business, this is the question I get most often. I could read you the exact definition from the City of Calgary assessment…

Getting to the root of Calgary’s non-residential tax controversy

City corporate budget finance officer Chris Jacyk answers our questions

Getting to the root of Calgary’s non-residential tax controversyThe business tax situation in Calgary has been a very controversial one and many people still might be a little confused about it. Calgary’s Business asked the City of Calgary to shed some light on the issue. We presented the city with the following questions by email and asked that it respond. Here are the…

Without new investment, Canada’s economy will stagnate

That means we need corporate tax reductions and we must ease the regulatory path for businesses

Without new investment, Canada’s economy will stagnateThere has been a lot of concern over the slow increase in living standards of the average Canadian over the past few decades. In the long run, economists say that the key to increasing real – corrected for inflation – wages is to increase productivity of those in the labour force. How to actually do…

Trudeau government has failed to produce promised tax relief

By kicking today's debt down the road, the federal government is passing the burden of repayment to young Canadian families

Trudeau government has failed to produce promised tax reliefBy Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Providing tax relief for Canadian families has been a stated priority for the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since it assumed office. However, despite any rhetoric to the contrary, the tax burden for the average Canadian family has increased over the last four years. And…

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis sales

Federal and provincial government take lower than expected because of bumpy rollout, but significant growth expected in sales and taxes

Big tax revenue from legalized cannabis salesHere’s clear evidence that cannabis is big business. In the first five and a half months following the legalization of cannabis, Canadian governments earned $186 million from excise taxes and general taxes on goods and services directly related to the sale of cannabis, reported Statistics Canada on Wednesday. The federal agency said excise taxes are…

Deeply flawed soda tax rife with unintended consequences

Evidence in other countries shows that consumption taxes don't address the root targets in meaningful ways

Deeply flawed soda tax rife with unintended consequencesBy Ashley Stedman and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute Policy-makers and pundits have mused recently about a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to fight obesity and other-health related issues in Canada. It’s a bad idea that should be abandoned. According to Mark Holland, Liberal MP for Ajax, Ont., a ‘soda tax’ will “push consumers away from…

Calgary council grants tax breaks to struggling small businesses

Move comes hours after hundreds of business owners gathered on the steps of City Hall to protest rising taxes

Calgary council grants tax breaks to struggling small businessesCaving to intense public pressure, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and city council voted unanimously on Monday during an emergency meeting to provide some tax relief for the city's small business community, which launched a tax revolt in the face of escalating businesses taxes. Council voted to cut $60 million from the city’s budget and to…

Tax hike firestorm sets stage for Monday rally at Calgary City Hall

A planned massive hike in property taxes threatens the livelihoods of small businesses owners.

Tax hike firestorm sets stage for Monday rally at Calgary City HallIn one of the most controversial issues Calgary has faced in recent times, a threatened massive hike in property taxes has enraged small businesses. They are taking their grievance to City Hall on Monday. Their anger and frustration is being squarely directed at city council and Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Many say the tax increases will…

Kelly Doody of The Social School talks taxes

Kelly Doody is feeling the tax pain that many downtown Calgary businesses are feeling. Here, she talks about the impact on her business and what can be done.

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CFIB puts federal election issues on the table

‘Governments haven't always done a great job of understanding the reality of running a small business’

CFIB puts federal election issues on the tableThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business released its Federal Small Business Platform on Wednesday, outlining issues that matter to the group as the nation heads to a federal election in October. “Small businesses employ more than half of Canada's private sector workers and account for 52 per cent of the business-sector GDP,” said CFIB president…