Government Spending & Taxes

— Jun 13, 2024
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Tax Freedom Day measures the total annual tax burden imposed on Canadian families by federal, provincial, and municipal governments. This year, it arrives on Thursday, June 13—four days later than in 2019, the last year before the pandemic.

— Jun 4, 2024
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Federal Support for Journalism

Federal Support for Journalism, by Senior Fellow Lydia Miljan, is the latest essay in the Institute’s series on federal policy reforms. It documents the changing media landscape in Canada in recent years, and highlights why federal subsidies for the industry are bad policy.

— May 31, 2024
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ow Have Canadian Federal Governments Responded to Budget Deficits?

How Have Canadian Federal Governments Responded to Budget Deficits? is a new study that measures how Canadian federal governments have responded to budget deficits over the last 150 years. It finds that a delay in balancing the budget will require deeper spending cuts and higher tax hikes in the future than if the government balanced the budget now. Put simply, it is better if the federal government embarks on fiscal adjustment early on, rather than postponing deficit elimination.

— May 22, 2024
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Funding for BC Independent Schools Saves Government Money

Funding for BC Independent Schools Saves Government Money finds that, despite misperceptions, government funding for independent schools in British Columbia saves the province (i.e. provincial taxpayers) millions of dollars every year. Looking specifically at the costs, even if just 10 per cent of independent school students migrated to government public schools because the B.C. government eliminated independent school funding, education spending would increase by $51.6 million per year.

— May 7, 2024
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Understanding British Columbia’s Public Management Challenge

Understanding British Columbia’s Public Management Challenge finds that despite substantial spending increases by the B.C. government, the province’s health-care wait times have increased and student test scores have declined.

— Apr 30, 2024
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Personal Income Tax Compliance for Canadians: How and at What Cost?

Personal Income Tax Compliance for Canadians: How and at What Cost? uses a new survey and finds that roughly half of tax filers (50 per cent) prepared their 2022 income tax return themselves while more than one third (37 per cent) used a paid tax preparer—the study also suggests that one way to reduce these compliance costs is to produce prefilled income tax reports for Canadians, streamlining the process for taxpayers and saving them both time and money.

— Apr 23, 2024
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Marginal Effective Tax Rates for Working Families in Canada

Marginal Effective Tax Rates for Working Families in Canada is a new study that finds Canadian families and individuals with annual incomes between $30,000 and $60,000 face marginal effective tax rates near or above 50 per cent—meaning that across the provinces, individuals and families with relatively modest incomes face the highest rates.

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