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Still High: Marginal Effective Tax Rates on Low-Income Families


  • Finn Poschmann

    (C.D. Howe Institute)


Most federal and provincial government benefits for families with children are sharply income-tested. Reductions in these benefits, as family income rises, mean that low-income families face much higher effective tax rates than most others do, and deny such families the full benefit of the broad-based tax rate relief other Canadians have enjoyed in recent years.

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  • Finn Poschmann, 2008. "Still High: Marginal Effective Tax Rates on Low-Income Families," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 113, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:backgr:113

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    1. Nada Eissa & Hilary W. Hoynes, 2006. "Behavioral Responses to Taxes: Lessons from the EITC and Labor Supply," NBER Chapters,in: Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 20, pages 73-110 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    social policy; Marginal Effective Tax Rates; tax relief initiatives;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue


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