British Columbia

Finance committee calls for comprehensive review of B.C.'s tax system

An all-party British Columbia legislature committee says the province's tax system is in need of a comprehensive review.

Committee recommends reviews of B.C.'s carbon, employer health, speculation, vacancy and sales taxes

An all-party committee of the legislature is recommending a comprehensive review of the provincial tax system aimed at modernizing it. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

An all-party British Columbia legislature committee says the province's tax system is in need of a comprehensive review.

The seven-member Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services says in a report used to help guide government preparations ahead of its next budget that the tax system needs to be modernized.

The committee's report is unanimous and recommends reviews of the province's carbon tax, employer health tax, luxury tax, speculation, vacancy and provincial sales taxes.

The committee made more than 100 recommendations to government, including that it provide supports for youth formerly in care and that it helps workers and communities as the forest industry experiences an economic downturn.

The committee, made up of four New Democrats and three Opposition Liberals, held meetings in 15 B.C. communities in June and received almost 1,000 written submissions and online survey responses.

The Finance Ministry says in a statement it is reviewing the report and will consider its proposals and recommendations as it prepares next year's budget.