Income splitting misinformation campaign: volume 10
Income splitting misinformation campaign: volume 10 This article is more than 8 years old

Income splitting misinformation campaign: volume 10

After the Harper government’s annus horribilis, a former Conservative cabinet minister is musing about how his former colleagues could use the upcoming federal budget to “dangle the carrot of income splitting” for families. “The net effect would be lower taxes for almost everyone,” writes Monte Solberg in the Toronto Sun. That’s just plain wrong. Harper’s […]

After the Harper government’s annus horribilis, a former Conservative cabinet minister is musing about how his former colleagues could use the upcoming federal budget to “dangle the carrot of income splitting” for families.

“The net effect would be lower taxes for almost everyone,” writes Monte Solberg in the Toronto Sun.

That’s just plain wrong.

Harper’s plan, promised to be enacted when the federal budget is balanced, means parents with children under 18 would be allowed to split up to $50,000 of income with their partner. Some additional income could be declared for tax purposes by the spouse in the lower tax bracket, reducing the overall taxes paid by the couple.

Solberg and his former colleagues in the Harper government are trying to spin this as a panacea for everyday families, but the largest share would go to high-income families where one partner is in the top tax bracket and the other has no earned income.

Even worse, the Conservative approach to income splitting would provide no benefit at all to single-parent families – even though more than a quarter (28%) of all children live in families headed by a single parent. The same holds true for families where both partners work and have incomes below $43,561.

In other words, income-splitting provides zero relief to families with children who are most in need, including those who live in poverty. Rather, what it does is transfer more of the tax burden onto single-parent families and lower- and middle-income families. It promises to exacerbate – not reduce – existing income and gender inequality.

It will also strip the public coffers of needed revenue to invest in critical social programs, hamstringing future federal governments. The Conservatives don’t like to talk about that part of the plan.

Photo: joehowell. Used under a Creative Commons BY 2.0 licence.

 

Our journalism is powered by readers like you.

We’re an award-winning non-profit news organization that covers topics like social and economic inequality, big business and labour, and right-wing extremism.

Help us build so we can bring to light stories that don’t get the attention they deserve from Canada’s big corporate media outlets.

 

Donate
PressProgress
PressProgress is an award-winning non-profit news organization focused on uncovering and unpacking the news through original investigative and explanatory journalism.

Most Shared

thumb-sources PODCAST

Doug Ford is Looking to Cut Costs in Healthcare Staffing, Documents Show

Related Stories

PODCAST

Police across Canada are investing in “copaganda” reports that criticize the social safety net

View the post
News

Tech Company Working With Police Across Canada to Justify Higher Police Budgets Lobbied City of Toronto

View the post

McMaster University Working ‘Very Aggressively’ to Break CUPE Strike, Union Says

View the post

Explainers

Human rights & inclusion

Amira Elghawaby

Here’s The Problem With Hoping Corporations Will Be Socially and Environmentally Responsible On Their Own

View the post
Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

The battle of the PACs in Calgary’s municipal election

View the post
Politics & strategy

Jeremy Appel

27 Different Candidates are Vying to be Calgary’s Mayor. Here Are the Biggest Issues at Stake.

View the post
Newspapers always have a business section – why not a labour section? We’ve launched a free newsletter covering labour issues in Canada.
Get Canadian Labour News You Won't Find in Corporate Newspapers.
We’ve launched a free newsletter covering labour issues in Canada.
Get Canadian Labour News You Won't Find in Corporate Newspapers