Income splitting can make our tax system fair for taxpayers with young children

Tasha Kheiriddin / National Post

The issue of income-splitting — a tax policy whereby income is reattributed within a household from a higher-earning spouse to a lower-earning spouse — has been front of mind among tax experts, federal Conservative ministers and, most recently, the left-leaning Broadbent Institute. The practice advantages households in which income is predominantly earned by one spouse, since it allows a taxpayer in a high tax bracket to attribute income to a partner who pays at a lower marginal rate (or who earns nothing at all).

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Face the facts

Editorial / The St. John's Telegram

If you don’t have the facts, it makes it that much easier to simply apply your own ideology.  But it doesn’t mean good results are on the way for everyone involved.

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Broadbent Institute study finds income splitting would result in many losers, few winners, big regional variations

Detailed analysis of Conservative proposal reveals deeply unequal scheme

OTTAWA—Two out of three families targeted by the Conservative income splitting plan would receive less than $500 while fewer than 4% of such families – some of the wealthiest in Canada – would be eligible for a benefit in excess of $5,000, a new study by the Broadbent Institute has found.

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Income splitting benefits flow to west: study

Julian Beltrame / Canadian Press

Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Harper government has no intention of backing away from its income splitting pledge, despite a new report concluding the plan would exacerbate income inequality and bestow the most benefits to the West.

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Most Canadians wouldn't benefit from income splitting

Jessica Hume / Toronto Sun

The NDP used its last opposition day this session to rail against the government's proposal to allow income splitting, saying it would help too few Canadians and not those most in need.

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Opposition push income splitting motion on Tories

Annie Bergeron-Oliver / iPolitics.ca

The government’s commitment to a controversial election promise will be tested Tuesday when the Opposition forces a vote on a motion opposing income splitting.

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Broadbent Institute brings democracy advocate Ana Maria Archila to Vancouver

Charlie Smith / Strait.com

The Broadbent Institute has been promoting progressive policies from its Ontario base since 2011, but tonight it will hold its inaugural event in Vancouver to launch its B.C. arm.

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Broadbent Institute expands across the country with B.C. launch

Special guests from New York City showcase winning strategies for democratic renewal

VANCOUVER—The Broadbent Institute today expands west with a B.C. launch as part of its commitment to build a progressive agenda right across the country.

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Broadbent Institute convenes progressives for BC launch with one of New York City’s top organizers; hosts luncheon, Democracy: beyond the ballot box with NYC civic leader

VANCOUVER—The Broadbent Institute will be holding its British Columbia launch with one of New York City’s top organizers as a special guest and hosting a luncheon with a leading NYC civic engagement leader as part of the Institute’s inaugural events in BC. The Broadbent Institute is a national progressive policy and training organization dedicated to promoting democracy, equality and sustainability.

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America’s middle-class defeat

Edward McClelland / Salon.com

A few summers ago, I spent six weeks in Canada, as part of a 10,000-mile Great Lakes Circle tour. From Pigeon River on Lake Superior to Kingston on Lake Ontario, I drove and camped my way across Ontario. On Manitoulin Island, I went on a fishing charter captained by a retired nickel miner named Tom Power. The Nickel Belt is a stronghold of Canada’s most socialistic party, the New Democrats. When the conversation turned to politics (as it often did with Canadians during the George W. Bush years), Tom made a statement that would have tabbed him as a Marxist crank on the other side of the lakes.

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