Tax Me I'm Canadian!: A taxpayer's guide to your money and how politicians spend it by Mark MilkeTax Me I'm Canadian!: A taxpayer's guide to your money and how politicians spend it by Mark Milke

Tax Me I'm Canadian!: A taxpayer's guide to your money and how politicians spend it

byMark Milke

Paperback | September 15, 2013

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In this smartly argued and witty account of how politicans spend our tax dollars, Mark Milke explores that other certainty in life besides death - taxes.
The book explains how governments since Confederation have taxed and spent their citizen's money. It reveals when and how taxes led to the civilized society we all value, and also when billions in taxes were blown on corporate welfare, monopolistic government unions and useless megaprojects that can be described as vanity projects for the political class
There are no sacred cows here. Milke details how more tax dollars won't solve the woes of Aboriginal peoples; how massive transfers from Ottawa to the provinces harm Canada; and why the welfare state is a debt-induced illusion. He also brings up the fun facts few people know: Americans created Canadian taxes; Alberta imposed Canada's first sales tax (!), and who actually created the first tax in history. Lastly, the author points the way to a smart balance between the demand for taxes and the need of citizens not to be gouged. A look at citizen involvement in lawmaking in Switzerland offers a model that Milke deems worthy of emulation.
Mark Milke is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and a former provincial director with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The author of five books and dozens of studies, Mark's work addresses matters that concern us all whether as taxpayers, consumers or citizens. His writing delves into issues as diverse as civil rights, private ...
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Title:Tax Me I'm Canadian!: A taxpayer's guide to your money and how politicians spend itFormat:PaperbackDimensions:174 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Thomas & Black PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0968791522

ISBN - 13:9780968791523

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PRAISE for TAX ME - I'M CANADIAN"Given that taxation takes up more of your income than food, shelter and clothing combined, this is a subject we just need more information on! This is an incredibly important book. Someone might say we should be taxed even more but get the facts! Get the context for heaven’s sake! I think the book is very important for people to read and to get the facts."     -Michael Campbell, host of the Corus radio network’s MoneyTalks with Michael Campbell "Everything government does ends the same way. Sure, the issues differ. But the result is almost always the same: More debt, bigger government. That’s why if you read only one current affairs book this year, make it Mark Milke’s Tax Me I’m Canadian! It’s easy to read and full of facts presented so anyone can understand."     - Anthony Furey, Sun Media national columnist "Citizens of Canada’s ‘entitlement state’ pay too much tax, get little value in return."      - Jen Gerson, National Post"On the Occupy movement: The infamous ‘one per cent,’ who in Canada earn $250,000 a year or more, earned 10 per cent of all income and paid 20 per cent of all taxes in 2010. The bottom 73 per cent of tax filers paid just 17 per cent of all taxes. About a third paid no tax at all…. There is too much emotion and too little knowledge about how taxes work. This book is a step towards addressing that."     - Tom Fletcher, columnist, Black Press"Mark Milke has some provocative facts, for example, on how we have moved from the welfare state to the entitlement state in so many ways. What is with being a Canadian that we ask governments to overtax us?!"     - John Gormley, host of the John Gormley show, Newstalk 980"Canada is home to big governments, big bureaucracies and big oligopolies, all with a big price. As the book says, "Tax Me, I'm Canadian!"     - Linda Leatherdale, financial columnist"I don’t want to get the blame for the fact that a whole bunch trees that are getting cut down for a book that I think is one of the most important piece of significant information that any informed citizen ought to have….Tax Me I’m Canadian! A Taxpayer’s Guide to Your Money and How Politicians Spend It."- Charles Adler, CJOB Winnipeg