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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tax reform -- the economists speak

Readings from economists Lars Osberg and Mathieu Dufour that might change your mind about the effectiveness of tax reform

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 10:51 AM

In today's editorial, I condemn the effort to change Halifax's taxation system from a assessment-based property tax to a fee-for-service based system.

I quote three economists in the editorial, but for space reasons I was unable to provide supporting documentation that two of the economists had given me. I'll do so here.

First, Lars Osberg sent me 14 pages from his textbook, Principles of Microeconomics, which deal specifically with these taxation issues. It's an easy read, and examines the various forms of taxation, with their pluses and minuses. I strongly suggest that anyone who wants to change our existing system read these pages.

Second, Mathieu Dufour sent me his notes on the tax committee's report, which are also worth reading.

Of course, I'll have much more on all of these issues, when tax reform comes before council in September.

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