Canada Ranks 2nd Among G7 Nations for ease of Corporate Tax Payment

PwC and World Bank Group release Paying Taxes 2017 Report

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - According to the 11th edition of the Paying Taxes report released by PwC and the World Bank Group, Canada ranks 2nd amongst the G7 nations. Compared to all 190 economies, Canada ranked 17th and 2nd out of the G7 countries, just behind the UK.

The Paying Taxes 2017 report measures the overall ease of paying taxes for small to medium-sized domestic companies based on the number of tax payments per year, the time required to compile returns and submit tax payments as well as these companies' total tax liability as a percentage of pre-tax profits.

This year, the report introduced a new measure, the post-filing index, which measures the time to obtain a VAT refund, correct a corporate income tax return and deal with the corresponding audits. This represents the most complex interactions with a tax authority, therefore providing a more fulsome picture of the tax process.  

On average, small to medium-sized Canadian companies make eight tax payments (vs. an average of 25 payments globally) per year and take 131 hours (vs. an average of 251 hours globally) to comply with the tax requirements.

"The Canadian tax system is one of the more efficient ones in the world when it comes to supporting small and medium-sized companies and this report solidifies our position as a global leader," says Peter van Dijk, National Tax Policy Leader. "Despite our position, there are still significant opportunities to collaboratively work with the government to improve tax compliance and audit efficiencies. An often time-consuming and complex tax compliance and audit process should be further streamlined to allow companies to spend more time focusing on growing their businesses and creating meaningful jobs.  The global business world is rapidly getting more competitive and the efficiency of the Canadian tax system is a critical component of our Canadian investment climate.  In that respect, we should not only compare ourselves with the G7, but with the most competitive economies of the world.  Many of those economies are not members of the G7."

Overall Paying Taxes Ranking 2017

Country

Overall Ease of

 Paying Taxes

Ranking

Total Tax

Payment (#)

Time to

Comply

(hours)

Total Tax Rate

(%)

Post-filing

index

Canada

17

8

131

21.0

76.44

France

63

8

139

62.8

92.42

Germany

48

9

218

48.9

97.45

Italy

126

14

240

62.0

48.39

Japan

70

14

175

48.9

78.91

UK

10

8

110

30.9

87.44

US

36

11

175

44.0

93.12

 

The following table illustrates Canada's position over the years compared to other G7 nations.

Overall Paying Taxes Ranking Year over Year


Overall Ease of Paying Taxes Ranking

Country

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

Canada

17

9

9

8

8

France

63

87

95

52

53

Germany

48

72

68

89

72

Italy

126

137

141

138

131

Japan

70

121

122

140

127

UK

10

15

16

14

16

US

36

53

47

64

69

 

To access the full Paying Taxes Report, click here.

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About World Bank

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