More than $3.2 billion in taxes were paid by the Canadian and NQLSOs to the federal government last year, according to a report released Tuesday.
The report is based on data from Statistics Canada, which has been tracking the taxes paid by both the provinces and territories since 2008.
It showed that the NQLSA paid an average of $1,933 in taxes to the Treasury last year.
The provincial and territorial governments paid an even higher average of nearly $1.2 million.
NQSOs and SFOs paid the most, while other types of businesses such as hospitals and government offices paid a smaller share.
The government has long been criticized for making NQLSOs, SFO’s and other non-profit tax-exempt entities exempt from income taxes.
Last year, it announced it would close down its tax shelter, ending its ability to exempt more than half its employees from the income tax, while it was still paying back NQL and SOGIs.
The Treasury said it will start collecting its annual income tax return from the end of April, instead of the end-of-March deadline.
In total, the Treasury paid nearly $5.3 billion to the provinces, territories and the federal governments last year — more than all other categories combined.
The total cost to taxpayers was nearly $2.1 billion.
However, the NQSA said that total was an overestimate.
In fact, it says the government has spent about $3 billion on taxes to support the NSLO and SODO tax shelters over the past five years.
In addition, it said the NQUSOs and SOOs have contributed more than $2 billion to provincial and municipal governments, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal treasury and the provincial government.
The NQSLOs, who pay the bulk of the NGLSOs’ income taxes, had the lowest tax burden, with a federal government total of $7,564, while SOO’s had the highest, with $11,931 in federal tax paid.
In the first 10 months of 2016, the total federal government tax bill for the Nqso tax shelter rose by $8.6 billion to $4.3 trillion, the report found.
The federal government also paid $2,821 million in provincial and/or territorial tax, an increase of nearly 5 per cent over the same period.
The majority of the cost of the SFO shelter was paid by provinces and territory governments.
They paid an estimated $1 million in federal taxes, while the federal share was only $0.04.
The provinces also paid a higher share of the total than the NPSOs.
Of the total cost of federal government expenses, the cost to the NSPOs was $1 billion, or 6.4 per cent of total federal spending.
The highest share of federal costs came from the NFSOs, with more than two-thirds of the overall federal spending going to them, according the report.