Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Consumption Taxes" and Cheating the Tax Man

In response to an increase in taxes, the Globe and Mail has published an article, quite literally, offering Tips for cheating the harmonized sales taxman. Some of the ideas are actually about avoiding taxes, not evading or "cheating", but assuming provincial tax laws are similar to those of U.S. states, some of the ideas would cross the line into the illegal.

A couple of years ago I commented on how people, especially the wealthy, could cheat a "FairTax" system. But needless to say, I'm not The Globe and Mail and "FairTax" is an idiotic fantasy. It's interesting to see how the concept of "cheating" high sales taxes on goods and services can become mainstream.

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