"Won't stop. Won't ever stop. They'll just keep coming until they get back what you took. Two by two, hands of blue. Two by two, hands of blue."
-- River Tam

Let’s Split!

I’ve been griping about Harpers’ new campaign move tax relief plan with mom (being single she would get the shaft in this setup) so i thought I’d bring it to the blog (knowing how all of you enjoy a good gripe). So the idea is that if you’re married and your spouse makes significantly less than you then you can split your income between the two of you, working the tax brackets in your favor. It’s a great plan for single income married couples and families, married pensioners, and of course the wealthy generally get a little extra money to throw around during their next money fight; and all for the low low estimated cost of 5 billion dollars. But it’s OK! Because apparently that’s about what our estimated federal surplus is looking like, which Harper claims he always meant to give back to the canadian people in the form of tax breaks. Of course, by ‘Canadian people’ he doesn’t mean all of us (I mean, why should a single parent get any extra cash?) he’s more refering to families with a stay at home parent, the rich, and pensioners (wait, who are his core constituency again, i forget…) because tax cuts that benefit all would clearly be unreasonable (i mean, could you imagine if someone was expected to pay the same taxes as someone who did the same job but wasn’t married? I know, it’s just preposterous…). Personally I think we just need more things to claim, since there’re such different things to claim if you have kids (regardless of being married) then if you were a pensioner, etc…

2 Responses to “Let’s Split!”

  1. Can I marry my dishwasher for tax purposes? :D

  2. Only if I can marry my sofa.

    Hey, it’s a really good reason to legalize polygamy: get yourself enough spouses and you’ll never have to pay taxes again!! :)

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