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October 4, 2011

A federal proposal to allow income splitting for two-parent families would create more inequalities in the tax system rather than less, and it is a flawed idea, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In Income Splitting for Two-Parent Families: Who Gains, Who Doesn’t, and at What Cost? Alexandre Laurin and eminent tax scholar Jonathan Rhys Kesselman assess the economic impacts of the proposed tax change and find it would create some winners and far more losers rather than promote equitable treatment of families.

 

Alexandre Laurin

Alexandre Laurin joined the C.D. Howe Institute in 2008 and became Director of Research in 2014.  From 1999 to 2008, Mr.

J. Rhys Kesselman

Jonathan Rhys Kesselman joined Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy in 2004, where he is a professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Finance. From 1972 to 2003 he was a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, and from 1992 to 2003 he served as director of the UBC Centre for Research on Economic and Social Policy.