Why a flat tax would be fairer and more efficient

A widespread myth holds that our personal income tax system with its progressive marginal rates is meant to embody values of fairness, justice and “social solidarity.” Supporters of this system argue that tax rates should rise with income as a way of creating a more even “level of sacrifice” among citizens. It is possible, however, to show solidarity in taxation without relying on progressive rates. Social solidarity can also be financed through a flat rate tax system in which, lest we forget, higher-income individuals would continue to pay more in taxes in absolute terms.

Links of interest

Media release: MEI study recommends flat-rate personal income tax: Half of Quebec agrees

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