Canada’s income tax system is so complex that . . .

— when filing your taxes, the number of personal tax credits you must consider to save money has increased by 26%, between 1991 and 2015. These are those preferences we start thinking about now to make sure we have all the proper receipts.

— it costs on average $501 per Canadian household to complete their tax returns, paying tax accountants or buying e-filing software to do the work.

— even the Canada Revenue Agency deals with the system’s complexity. There are about 40,000 employees. That’s about half of what the American IRS employs — yet the United States is roughly ten times the size of Canada.

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