Flawed Questions Inevitably Yielded A Flawed Survey At CRA
Source: The Huffington Post
The recently released survey of all employees at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) conducted by The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PSC), the largest union in Canada representing federal government professionals, has as much bona fides as the 1949 advertising campaign that boasted “more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.”
Most headlines reported that 90 per cent of respondents agreed that “It is easier for corporations and wealthy individuals to evade and/or avoid tax responsibilities than it is for average Canadians.”
Equally important, is this question relevant? And, what can we learn from answers to the question?
In my more than 25 years of practicing tax law in Canada, nothing could be further from the truth. The survey questions were flawed, giving us flawed survey results. Short answer: Garbage in, garbage out (GI-GO).
To start, this question conflates two distinctly different concepts: that of criminal tax evasion and legal tax avoidance.