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Wealth Pay ‘Fair’ Share Of Taxes

The top 20 per cent of income-earning families pay 53 per cent of total taxes including personal income, sales, and property taxes, says Fraser Institute study. “Despite the common misperception that top earners don’t pay their ‘fair share’ of taxes, in reality these households pay a disproportionately large share of the total tax bill,” says Jake Fuss, associate director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of ‘Measuring Progressivity in Canada’s Tax System, 2022.’ The key to understanding ‘fairness’ is comparing the share of income earned by one group compared to their share of total taxes paid. By this objective measure, the top 20 per cent of income-earning families is the only group to pay a disproportionate share of the total tax burden compared to their share of income earned. Specifically, the study finds that the top 20 per cent of income-earning families pay 53 of total taxes while their share of income is 44.6 per cent. Conversely, the bottom 20 per cent of income-earning families pay 0.8 per cent of total taxes while earning 5.2 per cent of the total family income in Canada. Indeed, the study found that all 80 per cent of income-earning families outside of the top 20 per cent paid less in total taxes than they earned in total income. “The assertion that the top 20 per cent of earners in Canada are not paying their fair share is simply not supported by the evidence,” says Fuss.

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