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Australia’s Tax and Benefit System Might Deter Working Parents from Advancing in Their Careers

Imagine that a government provides subsidies to single parents that actually increase tax rates on additional work. This is the case for an Australian single parent who earns less than the average wage. With an increase in pay of just AUD 983 more, he would face a 652 percent marginal tax rate. Therefore, despite the […]

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Health-care Premiums Could Deter Canadians’ Upward Mobility

Imagine a worker who gets a raise and ends up paying in tax more than 50 percent of that raise. This is the case for a Canadian worker who earns CAD 48,124. With an increase in pay of CAD 822, he would face a 59 percent marginal tax rate. This Canadian worker will end up […]

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Push for Higher Taxes is Misguided During a Time of Inflation and Looming Recession

Efforts to raise taxes on corporations and high-income earners recently hit a brick wall when U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) once again expressed concerns about inflation and a potential recession. That would seem to be the end of the story, as there is no reason to think inflation will be going away anytime soon and […]

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Lithuanian Model Could Help French Workers’ Upward Mobility

Imagine a worker who gets a raise and ends up paying in tax the same amount as their raise. This is the case for a French worker who earns EUR 46,767. With an increase in pay of EUR 3,376, he would face a 93 percent marginal tax rate. This French worker will end up with […]

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Navigating the Complex Income Tax System in Italy

Imagine a worker who gets a raise and ends up paying more in tax than their raise. This is the case for an Italian worker who earns just above the average wage. With an increase in pay of just EUR 448, he would face a 116 percent marginal tax rate. Therefore, despite the pay increase, […]

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Marginal Tax Rates and Economic Opportunity

Note: This analysis was published in conjunction with the Archbridge Institute. Below is an excerpt of the full analysis. Click the link above to access the full report in PDF format. Key Findings The marginal tax wedge is relevant for understanding how workers might benefit (or not) from an increase in pay once taxes enter […]

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The Impact of Individual Income Tax Changes on Economic Growth

Key Findings Research almost invariably shows a negative relationship between income tax rates and gross domestic product (GDP). The mobility of higher-skilled and higher income earners in an open economy works against the effort of progressive state and local tax systems to achieve long-term redistribution of income. The likelihood of an employed head of household […]