The Flat Tax
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Flat Tax Revolution in Europe
David Storobin, Esq. - 8/5/2006
In 1994, Estonia became the first country to institute the flat tax, charging 26% on all personal and corporate income with no deductions allowed. The economy flourished as a result, declared The Economist. The Estonian example was followed by the other two Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania, but remained largely irrelevant and unknown to the world at large, as few people were aware of what was taking place in the region. But on January 1, 2001, Russia joined the Baltic states with an even lower tax rate of only 13% (however, the countrys corporate tax is still very high). This led the world to notice.
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Tax - from Wikipedia
"(...) A flat tax usually refers to the taxation of incomes but can be applied to consumption."
- includes arguments for and against a flat tax...
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From the Fraser
Institute Says Canadians Would Benefit from Simplification of the Tax System
Reform in Canada
tax reform required in Canada
Tax: Principles and Issues
investment managers urge adoption of a flat tax
Here's the official wording on the income tax issue from the May 2002Canadian Alliance Declaration of Policy
The Canadian tax system will be simplified and made fairer through publicly driven tax reform.
13. We will restore public confidence in the fairness of the Canadian tax system by reducing its complexity. We will restore indexation and move towards a simpler tax system, built around a single rate of taxation to ensure lower taxes for all Canadians. We believe that all Canadians above a minimum income level should share in the cost of the services provided by government, which benefit us all. "
Canadian Alliance Party (this is now a dead link)
From the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)...
Options - October 2000
This issue of Policy Options includes links to PDF versions of articles presenting differing views on the Canadian Alliance Party Flat Tax - oops, Single Tax - proposal. Click on the link above to see a short abstract of each article or select an article below. [Check the table of contents on the October Issue page for links to almost a dozen other articles on other subjects]
(PDF file - 6 pages, 59K)
Ken Boessenkool and Mark Mullins
The Canadian Alliance does propose a single-rate income tax, but that is just one component of its detailed fiscal plan.
Alliance's flat tax: Are these guys serious?"
(PDF file - 5 pages, 34K)
The Canadian Alliance’s single-rate income tax is regressive, incoherent, inefficient and inconsistent with widely shared Canadian values.
more views of the flat tax" Conference Call
(PDF file - 8 pages, 52K)
Pierre Fortin, Jonathan Kesselman and Dale Orr
"The Alliance's Solution 17"
(PDF file - 3 pages, 53K)
Policy Options asked the plan’s co-author, former Alliance Finance critic Monte Solberg, to explain the reasoning behind it.
Taxes, Dual Taxes, Smart Taxes: Making the Best Choices
(PDF file - 124 pages, 725K)
Jonathan Kesselman (November 2000)
Of the many [personal income tax cut] proposals put forward by political parties of all stripes, the flat and dual tax plans proposed by the Canadian Alliance stand out as the most striking proposals to change the federal tax system. This study assesses these two personal income tax plans in detail and uses them as a springboard for a broader analysis of the requisites to improve taxation policy in Canada.
Flat Tax Page - from the National Center
for Policy Analysis