Welcome to our Introduction to Canadian Tax textbook!

This is the result of a class project started in the spring of 2019 to create a free tax textbook harnessing the brainpower of undergraduate tax students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (“KPU”) in British Columbia.  We decided to do this for the following reasons:

  1. Textbooks are expensive.  This one is free!
  2. Most information on Canadian tax issues is readily available online and we felt students could access, summarize and synthesize that information
  3. We wanted to have our students create something of ‘value’ rather than a ‘disposable’ assignment that would be discarded after it was assessed.

This is an ongoing experiment and we will continue working on, adding to and editing this book each semester.  We want this book to be amazing and, to that end, we need your help.  Please use the comments section at the end of each page to identify any concerns you have with the information, any flawed weblinks or citations, better sources you think we should use or other ways you think the information could be presented.

In addition to all the great KPU student tax authors I’d  like to briefly recognize a few individuals for their significant contributions to this text:

Rajiv Jhangiani – A tireless advocate for Open Education at KPU.  He was the spark that ignited this project.

Wahaj Awan – An Open Education grant at KPU allowed us to hire a student assistant to help compile and edit the student content into Pressbooks.  Without his help, this would just be a bunch of scattered student files on my computer.  He made this book possible.

Junsong Zhang – He translated and refined my initial ideas for the project into something that we could actually DO within our KPU Moodle site.

Thanks in advance for your help with our project and we hope you enjoy the book!

Sam Newton – Instructor, KPU


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