Taxation generally provides the largest stream of revenue for any government. Such revenues will be critical to allow the Te’mexw member Nations to provide programs and services to their Citizens. Under a modern treaty, each Nation would have the ability to tax the income of businesses and individuals on the Nation’s lands and collect property taxes. We expect that a large proportion of these taxes would go to the Nation to fund the programs and services of their government. Some of the provisions on taxation would be covered in the modern treaty itself, and others would be in side agreements.
Under modern treaties, the current Indian Act tax exemptions for Status Indians would be phased out gradually over time after Effective Date of a modern treaty. Citizens earning below a certain minimum would not pay income tax.