Today the CCPA released a study that I authored which examines and debunks one of the biggest contentions of this campaign, that corporate tax cuts create jobs. One of the key reasons cited by the Conservatives for continued corporate tax cuts is that they are needed to encourage job growth.
To examine this contention, I took Canada’s biggest public companies, those on the S&P/TSX Composite and tracked them over the past decade to see how their taxes and profits changed. At the same time, I also tracked how many employees they had and therefore the number of jobs they created. These are the companies that benefit the most from corporate tax cuts because they declare the largest profits.
There were 198 companies that had data from 2000 through 2009. What readers should find shocking is just how dramatic the transformation in corporate taxation has been in the past decade. The effective tax rate for these successful companies has been cut in half. Imagine if, as an individual, your personal income taxes had been cut in half over the past decade. Well, that’s what happened in corporate Canada.
- The Poor Economics of Corporate Tax Breaks by David Olive, Toronto Star, Feb. 25, 2011
- Five Economic Reasons to Say No to More Corporate Tax Cuts by Armine Yalnizyan, Progressive Economics Forum, Jan. 28, 2011
- Five Economic Reasons…Video Version featuring Armine Yalnizyan
- Breaking the Corporate Tax Taboo by Duncan Camerson, rabble.ca, Feb. 8, 2011
- The Wrong Time to Cut Corporate Taxes by Scott Brison, National Post, Feb. 25, 2011
- Ten Reasons We Should Tax Corporations by Nicholas Shaxson, The Guardian, March 15, 2011