February 18, 2013 - Where Does Our Fuel Tax Money Go?

Where Does Our Fuel Tax Money Go?

There is a common mantra spoken by those who want to feel good about paying these taxes: These income taxes are used by governments to provide services, such as roads, schools and health care.

According to Infrastructure Canada

"Canada's Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure that achieves positive environmental results."

According to another page on their website infrastructure money:

“...provides funding to help build and improve infrastructure in communities across the country. These investments are providing improved roads, bridges, water treatment facilities, parks, recreational trails and other public spaces…"

Does it really? 

If this is true then we ought to have the best roads in the world what with all our money going to building and keeping them. (...if it’s our money going to building them, then are they not our roads???)

These taxes are called “excise taxes”: 

"An excise tax is a tax on use or consumption of certain products. Excise taxes are sometimes included in the price of a product, such as motor fuels, cigarettes, and alcohol.” Oxford’s Law, 5th Ed. (2003)

Do these taxes go to improving our roads? Not according to the government's statutes. In the Excise Act, 2001 (S.C. 2002, c. 22) we read that:

284 (1.1) A tax debt is a debt due to Her Majesty and is recoverable as such in the Federal Court or any other court of competent jurisdiction or in any other manner provided under this Act.

In the Excise Tax Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-15) we read that:

82 (1.1) A tax debt is a debt due to Her Majesty in right of Canada and is recoverable as such in the Federal Court or any other court of competent jurisdiction or in any other manner provided under this Part.

Are you still happy knowing that your money is actually going to support a poor and needy Queen and her financially destitute family?

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