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Secret doc casts doubt over Finance Canada’s support for Conservative income splitting scheme

Has the Department of Finance told the Conservatives their family income splitting plan violates a key tax policy principle that seeks to minimize “interference with individual decisions such as those related to labour force participation, work effort, choices in childcare, and family formation?” In a heavily redacted briefing note marked “secret” to Finance Canada’s Deputy […]

July 3, 2014

Has the Department of Finance told the Conservatives their family income splitting plan violates a key tax policy principle that seeks to minimize “interference with individual decisions such as those related to labour force participation, work effort, choices in childcare, and family formation?”

In a heavily redacted briefing note marked “secret” to Finance Canada’s Deputy Minister, prepared by senior departmental staff soon after Stephen Harper’s re-election in 2011, the department presented a “preliminary analysis” of the electoral promise to…