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Monday, May 26, 2008
Family taxation fun
Should you find yourself in the Ottawa area today at, oh say 4 pm, Jack Mintz, professor of public policy at the University of Calgary, will discuss family taxation on the Hill for my group, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada. (event details online, here.)
A couple of months ago Jonathan Kesselman wrote a paper suggesting family taxation or income splitting is not a good idea for Canadians. But Mintz is suggesting this is the most equitable way of taxing families with the same earning power. Let the battle of ideas flourish.
Ultimately, this is about ensuring that families are not penalized for having kids and raising them. Family taxation is not a cure-all—it’s one step to help parents--and incidentally, if done in the same manner as France, helps single parents, too. And ultimately, the signal family taxation sends is important: families matter, taking care of your kids matters, and the state should make it easier for all of us to do just that. They shouldn’t create barriers, in any event.
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Andrea, I like your thinking. My personal philosophy is that the government shouldn't be trying to create anything in the first place and yes, should get out of the way.
Posted by: TM | 2008-05-26 11:51:45 AM
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