Taxes are the largest Canadian household expense

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Taxes are the largest Canadian household expense
The Fraser Institute recently published the 2017 edition of its Canadian Consumer Tax Index Report.  And not surprising anyone, the report shows that taxes are now the largest Canadian household expense.

The Canadian Consumer Tax Index tracks the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2016.  The report includes all types of taxes and that bill has increased by 2,006% since 1961. 

According to the report, taxes have increased at such a rapid rate, more than any other single expenditure for the average Canadian family such as shelter (up by 1,527%), clothing (by 677%) and food (by 639%) from 1961 to 2016.

It is important to note that the 2,006% in the average Canadian family’s tax bill has greatly outpaced the increase in the Consumer Price Index (718%).

In the report, the average Canadian family now spends 42.5% of its income on taxes, more than it does any other basic necessity such as food, shelter and clothing combined (37.4%).  In 1961, the average Canadian family spent 33.5% of its income on taxes and 56.5% on basic necessities.

In 2016, the average Canadian family’s income was $83,105 and $35,283 went to taxes.  In 1961, the average Canadian family’s income was $5,000 and $1,675 went to taxes. 

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