My effective tax rate off my cheque is about 36% (last time I calculated). That includes federal income tax, employment insurance, and Canada Pension Plan (Same as US Social Security).
But we also have 8% Provincial sales tax and 5% Federal sales tax on everything else except groceries. Not food; groceries. If you eat out you're taxed.
So let's assume a guy makes a nice round $100k a year, spends about $200/week on groceries, and spends the rest of his money. Reasonable assumption since even if you save some you'll spend it eventually, or whoever inherits it will eventually spend it.
So of the $100k, $36k is taxed right off the paycheque, leaving $64k. $10k is spent on untaxed groceries, leaving $54k. With 13% sales tax his spending on goods & services is therefore $47.8k and the government gets another $6.2k in revenue. So his effective tax rate is over 42%.
This assumes he doesn't purchase fuel, alcohol or cigarettes, which all have hidden taxes.
But when my son was born, it was all free. So there ya go.
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