August 25, 2018

Make robots pay taxes? Documents detail ideas to adapt to changing labour force –

Due to technology, the modern workforce is ever changing. Today in the “gig” economy, there is more part-time and short-term contract work, in addition to automation replacing human workers. These changes in the workforce would mean fewer taxes paid into the country’s federal finances. To counteract reduced revenues, the government is considering a proposal to place a tax on technology that is used to replace human workers, as well as other solutions such as a guaranteed minimum income for Canadians and rejigging labour rules to help workers.

“What the Liberals and other governments around the world are trying to respond to is increasing automation, the unbundling of work that can be done online by anyone, anywhere in the world, and more short-term jobs that are the hallmark of the “gig” economy.”

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