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Canadians Celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 6, 2011

Type: Research Studies
Date Published: June 3, 2011
Research Topics:
Tax Freedom Day

Main Conclusions

  • On Tax Freedom Day, the average Canadian family has earned enough money to pay the taxes imposed on it by the three levels of government: federal, provincial, and local.
  • In 2011, Canadians celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 6. That is, Canadians will have worked until June 5 to pay the total tax bill imposed on them by all levels of government.
  • Tax Freedom Day in 2011 arrives two days later than in 2010, when it fell on June 4.
  • The later arrival of Tax Freedom Day in 2011 is primarily due to Canada’s improving economy. When the economy recovers and incomes increase, a family’s tax burden tends to increase to a greater extent. That is partly due to our progressive tax system and because of consumption increases, which result in an increase in the amount of sales and other consumption taxes Canadian families pay.
  • In 2011, the federal government and most provincial governments expect to run budget deficits. Since today’s deficits must one day be paid for by taxes, deficits should be considered as deferred taxation. Had Canadian governments increased taxes to balance their budgets, the average Canadian family would have worked until June 21 to pay the tax bill. In other words, the Balanced Budget Tax Freedom Day arrives on June 22, 16 days later than Tax Freedom Day.
  • The latest Tax Freedom Day in Canadian history was in 2000, when it fell on June 24, almost two months later than in 1961, the earliest year for which the calculation has been made.
  • In 2011, the average Canadian family earned $93,831 in income and paid a total of $39,960 in taxes (42.6 per cent).
  • Tax Freedom Day for each province varies according to the extent of the provincially levied tax burden. The earliest provincial Tax Freedom Day fell on May 18 in Alberta.
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