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The Family Tax System



2 August 2010

Professor Patricia Apps says changes to the tax system in the past few decades, which would be consolidated and extended under proposals presented in the Henry Review, make the family tax system less fair and more costly by discouraging women from working.

In a paper delivered at a seminar about Women and Tax at the University, Professor Apps asserts that tax rates on mothers who go back to work on low and moderate incomes are punishing, when you consider how much tax they have to pay and how much of the family tax benefit they lose.

"On average, a married mother who decides to go out to work will lose around a third of her income in taxes and reduced [family tax benefits]."

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