Most Canadians say they pay too much for what they get from governments and consider tax cheating commonplace. In-house research by the Canada Revenue Agency also found few think cheaters will ever get caught.

“Rich people have an easier time tax cheating than middle class Canadians,” said 63 percent of respondents questioned by Agency pollsters. The term “rich” was not defined. Almost half, 49 percent, agreed “the Revenue Agency goes after middle class Canadians but turns a blind eye to rich taxpayers and corporations.”

“Canadians were asked to rate the likelihood that tax cheaters would be caught by the Canada Revenue Agency,” said the Agency report Annual Corporate Research: Qualitative Phase. Only 25 percent “felt it was very likely that the Canada Revenue Agency would catch tax cheaters.”

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