September 19, 2012
The Reform of the Business Property Tax in Ontario
Speaker: Michael Smart, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto
Professor Michael Smart presented the findings of his recent IMFG Paper, which explores the impacts of business property tax reform in Ontario between 2001 and 2004. This reform reduced the taxes paid on commercial and industrial properties by about $2 billion per year. Smart will discuss whether business location and employment decisions are responsive to local tax differentials, and the likely impacts of the reforms on businesses, land owners, and downtown and suburban residents.