Wide-ranging changes recommended in Quebec tax review report

If implemented, recommendations would mean big changes for payroll
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2015

A government-appointed committee studying tax reform in Quebec recommends the provincial government make wide-ranging changes to the province’s tax system, including a number of payroll-related taxes.

The Quebec government set up the committee last June to find ways to improve the province’s tax system. After months of study, the Québec Taxation Review Committee recently released its final report, Focusing on Québec’s Future. The six-volume report makes 71 recommendations, touching on most, if not all, provincial taxes, including personal income tax, payroll tax and sales tax.

"We sought to define an equitable tax reform both for individuals and for businesses. It was important for us to propose a simpler, more transparent, more coherent taxation system that addresses key concerns such as tax competition or the erosion of the tax base," Committee Chair Luc Godbout said in the report.