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Conservative income tax proposals disproportionately benefit men, upper-income families -- CCPA Report

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Media Release
June 22, 2004

 

OTTAWA -- Families with incomes over $150,000 are the big winners in the Conservative Party's proposed income tax package, according to Who benefits? A gender and distributional impact analysis of election income tax promises. Furthermore, low-income and even middle-income Canadian families benefit very little from the Conservative income tax promises.

The study, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, also found that men received the lion's share--73%--of the value of the tax reductions under the Conservative's proposal.

Under the NDP tax promise, families with incomes below $60,000 receive almost two-thirds of the tax reduction package. Men would see their total income tax payable increase an average of $106 while women would see an average decrease of $439.

The Liberals have no income tax proposals in their platform.

The report, written by economists Sheila Block and Ellen Russell, used Statistics Canada's Social Policy Simulation Database and Model to analyze the personal income tax proposals of the three major national political parties.

Conservative key findings include:

  • The 64% of Canadian families with family incomes of $70,000 and less receive only 11.6% of the total decrease in taxes. Of these, the 32% of families with the lowest family incomes (under $30,000) receive less than one per cent.

  • The 36% of families with incomes of $70,000 or more receive 88% of the total decrease in taxes. And of these, the 7% of families with incomes of $150,000 or more receive almost one-third of the total value of this tax cut.

  • Men would see their total income tax payable decline by $559 on average, while women would see an average decrease of only $201.


NDP key findings include:

  • Families with incomes between $60,000 and $90,000 experience the largest average decrease--between $794 and $803.

  • Families with incomes above $150,000 have an average increase in taxes payable of $1,752. These increases account for 33% of the net reduction in total personal income taxes.


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Who benefits? A gender and distributional impact analysis of election income tax promises is available on the CCPA web page: http://www.policyalternatives.ca

For more information contact:
Kerri-Anne Finn, Communications officer, CCPA, 613-563-1341.


Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

http://www.policyalternatives.ca

 

Who benefits? A gender and distributional impact analysis of election income tax promises
by Ellen Russell and Sheila Block

bullet Download the PDF PDF file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

bullet Read the news release on CCPA site


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