“Taxes pay for vital public services such as healthcare, education and infrastructure. The Fraser Institute inaccurately peddles the myth that Canadians are overtaxed. This undermines our ability to invest in programs that are key to the well-being of all Canadians.”
A Commentary from the Broadbent Institute
Posted June 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Does the Fraser Institute’s annual “Tax Freedom Day” make your blood boil?
Every June, the Fraser Institute proclaims a “Tax Freedom Day” to make the misleading claims that the average Canadian family pays a tax rate of over 40 per cent and that Canadians face an ever growing tax burden. Worse still, the media often lets these flawed claims go unchallenged.
Well we’ve had enough.
A new study, The Brass Tax: Busting Myths About Overtaxed Canadians, conducted for the Broadbent Institute by Richard Shillington and Robin Shaban shows that the Fraser Institute’s findings paint a deceptive picture of typical Canadian tax rates.
In reality, the average tax rate is only about half what the Fraser Institute claims. Employing more accurate statistical methods, Shillington and Shaban find that the effective tax rate for the typical Canadian family is actually 24 per cent. More pointedly, the typical effective income tax rate for a Canadian family is only 11 per cent — a far cry from the 40+ per cent claimed by the Fraser Institute.
Taxes pay for vital public services such as healthcare, education and infrastructure. The Fraser Institute inaccurately peddles the myth that Canadians are overtaxed. This undermines our ability to invest in programs that are key to the well-being of all Canadians.
We can’t let the Fraser Institute get away with it.
Help us set the record straight. Please share this report with your network today.
And check out our aggressive fact checking for this year’s so-called “Tax Freedom Day”: taxfreedom.ca.
About the Broadbent Institute – The Broadbent Institute is Canada’s leading progressive, independent organization championing change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.
We are proud of Canada’s tradition as a diverse, fair, just, and inclusive society. These values matter to us today and they matter to our future. The vast majority of Canadians share these progressive values.
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A Footnote from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – One fact that the Fraser Institute and other neo-cons and Trump clones don’t share with us is that their billionaire friends and allies, and others among the upper one or two per cent enjoy “Tax Freedom Day” all year long because they find ways of using loopholes to avoid paying taxes at all, leaving the rest of us to hold the bag for services they also use.
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