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The High Cost of Getting Ahead: How Effective Tax Rates Affect Work Decisions by Lower-Income Families
February 11, 2016 - Alexandre Laurin

Secondary earners in low-income families, usually the mother, face punishingly high tax burdens, according to the latest report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The High Cost of Getting Ahead:...

Shifting the Federal Tax Burden on the One-Percenters: A Losing Proposition
December 3, 2015 - Alexandre Laurin

Ottawa’s plan to shift the tax burden more to the very top income earners could cost federal and provincial governments $4 billion in lost tax revenue, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute...

Tax Reform Priorities for Canada: Creating More Income to Go Around
November 19, 2015 - Alexandre Laurin and Craig Alexander

Canada faces a deep long-term fiscal challenge, as its population ages and its labour force growth slows, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Tax Reform Priorities for Canada:...

Tax Policy for a New Era: Promoting Economic Growth and Fairness
November 26, 2014 - Kevin Milligan

Canada’s tax system needs a new blueprint to respond to challenges from global trends, according to a groundbreaking report released today.  In “Tax Policy for a New Era: Promoting Economic Growth...

Who Loses Most? The Impact of Taxes and Transfers on Retirement Incomes
November 13, 2014 - Alexandre Laurin and Finn Poschmann

Low income seniors face extremely heavy tax burdens across Canada, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Who Loses Most? The Impact of Taxes and Transfers on Retirement Incomes,”...

January 29, 2014 - Alexandre Laurin and William B.P. Robson

The 2014 edition of the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget reinforces Ottawa’s near-term focus on budgetary surplus, and presents a number of measures to foster growth over the...

Wyonch, Robson & Laurin - Canada Needs Competitive Personal Income Taxes
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch, Bill Robson, and Alex Laurin To: The Hon. Bill Morneau, Federal Minister of Finance Date: March 6, 2017 Re: Canada Needs Competitive Personal Income Taxes  High personal taxes...
Tax reform priorities: Financial Post Op-Ed
Op-Ed
By Craig Alexander Canada faces a deep long-term fiscal challenge. Economies grow because they either have more workers or employ their workers more productively. Canada is aging and labour force...
Tuer la poule aux oeufs d’or : Les impacts des hausses d’impôt proposées au Québec
Research
Le plan fiscal du nouveau gouvernement du Québec risque d’entraîner un manque à gagner annuel d’environ 800 millions $ pour le trésor québécois, soutient une nouvelle étude de l’Institut C.D. Howe...

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