Joint Tax Committee: 70+ years of advice to government on tax law

Learn how our Joint Tax Committee helps our federal government simplify tax legislation and make our tax laws work for Canadians.

The oldest (and perhaps the most influential) of our more than 120 committees is the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) (Joint Tax Committee). Since its inception more than 70 years ago, this committee has advised a total of 23 ministers of finance through countless detailed submissions on ways to improve Canada’s tax legislation.

Since 1944 the committee’s volunteer leaders and members have always represented a who’s who of leading Canadian tax minds across the generations. Today, the committee is one of Finance’s key stakeholders and most trusted advisors.

Thanks to our cooperation agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Joint Tax Committee now has a new channel to raise technical issues that may be solved through the CRA’s administrative mandates or by legislative amendments. 

The new CBA-CPA Canada-CRA Tax Administration Committee was formed in early 2015 and meets regularly to identify areas of tax law that create unexpected or unintended tax compliance issues and brings these issues to Finance for their attention.

The Joint Tax Committee members will continue to dedicate their time and talent to help the Canadian government minimize complexity in Canada’s income tax legislation and to ensure the tax laws work as intended. 


This article draws on research presented in a paper by Carly Nicholson entitled, “The Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada,” 2014.


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