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The Burden of Federal Tax Increases Under the Conservatives

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  • Grady, Patrick

An important economic trend in Canada in recent years is the increasing share of personal income going to both direct and indirect taxes. This article provides a analysis of the distributional impact of federal tax and transfer policies over the period that the Conservatives were in power between 1984 and 1992. It finds that the policy changes (primarily increased commodity taxes and income surtaxes) have raised the tax burden on the household sector by $22 billion between 1984 and 1992. Net taxes paid by the average Canadian family have increased by almost $1,900. The tax changes have been very progressive on average for families earning less than $35,000 per year, roughly prooortional in the $35,000 to $75,000 range, modestly regressive in the $75,000 to $150,000 range, and very regressive above $150,000.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 17199.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1992
Publication status: Published in Canadian Business Economics 1.1(1992): pp. 16-24
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:17199
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  1. Grady, Patrick, 1990. "An Analysis of the Distributional Impact of the Goods and Services Tax," MPRA Paper 13144, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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