Information ‘vacuum,’ government secrecy drives charitable sector's fight against Alternative Minimum Tax

Imagine Canada’s advocacy on the AMT may have been different had the government been more transparent and collaborative, says charity CEO

Why It Matters

There are a variety of opinions on the proposed charity-related changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax. Yet the sector’s advocacy was united. Why?

On their proposal to reduce two donation incentives for high-income Canadians, the federal government received one clear message from the charitable sector: This will hurt us.  “Stakeholders from the charitable sector strongly oppose the Alternative Minimum Tax,” reads an AMT consultation summary prepared in September 2023 by Department of Finance staff, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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