How the federal tax and transfer system interacts with income inequality: YN5-90/2015E-PDF

Income inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, has been increasing in Canada since at least the 1970s. The Canadian tax and transfer system has historically served to reduce market income inequality. Over time, as inequality has increased, and as various tax and transfers have been added or removed, their impact on inequality has also changed. This report examines both the impact of income inequality on taxes and transfers (henceforth the federal fiscal balance), and the impact of the tax and transfer system on income inequality.

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Department/Agency Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Title How the federal tax and transfer system interacts with income inequality
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: Interactions entre le système fédéral d’impôts et de transferts et l’inégalité de revenus. “Ottawa, Canada. March 10, 2015.”
Date 2015.
Number of Pages 29 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • YN5-90/2015E-PDF
Subject Terms Income, Inequality, Federal taxes, Transfer payments