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Tax Fairness According to Canada’s New Government

Published on 29/11/2006

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s surprise announcement on October 31, 2006, shutting down income trusts was front page news across Canada.  Little media attention, however, was given to other changes to the income tax system announced at the same time.  These include two of particular importance to seniors:  a proposal to allow couples to split pension income and an increase in the age credit.  This commentary analyzes these proposed changes to the tax system and who will benefit if they are implemented.  It shows that the splitting of pension income will provide windfall benefits to some of the wealthiest seniors, only modest benefits to middle-income seniors, and nothing at all to the poorest of Canada’s elderly.  The commentary goes on to present an alternative approach − involving changes to the age credit and pension income credit − that is fairer and that would cost no more, and probably even a bit less, than the government’s proposals.

ISBN – 1-55382-209-9

Summary

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s surprise announcement on October 31, 2006, shutting down income trusts was front page news across Canada.

Topic(s)

Government spending and tax, Income security, Seniors and pensions