Taxes: A Canadian family’s biggest expense

Most Canadians know how much they pay in income tax. But income tax only scratches the surface of your total tax bill. Do you know the amount of your family’s total tax bill – the price you pay for government?
“Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society” is a much-quoted line from American Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in a now-famous 1927 judgment. And while most people agree that some basic level of taxation is necessary, more taxes do not buy a more “civilized society,” they simply buy you more government. And the two are not the same thing.

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