2021 GPC Policy and Motion Development Process
Editing and refining policy, amendment, and directive ideas
G21-P057 Income, Wealth and Estate Tax Reform to Address Inequality
The GPC will reduce inequality by:
- Making income taxes much more steeply progressive;
- Adopting a progressive wealth tax that will be applied to large family fortunes;
- Adopting a progressive estate tax that will be applied to very large inheritances; and
- Taxing income from capital and labour at the same rate.
This policy's objective is to reduce inequality and fund social programs with a more steeply progressive income tax; by taxing the wealth and inheritances of those with large fortunes; and by taxing income from capital and labour at the same rate.
These measures will narrow the gap between rich and poor, which is widely acknowledged to have grown in recent years. It will also help to make “dead capital” held by the very rich more productive, and reduce the tendency for large fortunes to perpetuate themselves over multiple generations.
Supporting Comments from Submitter:
Inequality of income and wealth has risen in the last few decades, as the progressivity of income tax rates have declined. There is strong evidence that returning to something close to the rates of the 1970s would help to reduce the gap, as would adopting taxes on large fortunes and inheritances, and eliminating the tax break enjoyed by capital gains.
The following two books exhaustively explore the history of inequality, and propose tax measures to reduce it:
- Capital and Ideology, Thomas Piketty
- The Triumph of Injustice, Saez and Zucman
This study, commissioned by an NDP MP, looks at the revenue that could be generated by a wealth tax: Net wealth tax on Canadian resident economic families Parliamentary Budget Officer, Government of Canada:
A recent StatsCan study reveals Canadians’ wealth is more tied to that of their parents than ever before:
Relation to Existing Policy:
Add to current GPC policy G06-p44.
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