Average Canadian family paid $34,154 in taxes in 2015

In a recent study, we tracked the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2015.For 2015, we estimate that the average Canadian family (including single Canadians) earned $80,593 in income and paid $34,154 in total taxes (income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, etc.). That’s 42.4 per cent of income going to taxes—more than the 37.6 per cent that goes to food, clothing, and shelter combined. All told, Canadian families spend more on taxes than the basic necessities of life.Times have certainly changed. Back in 1961, the first year we have calculations, the average family

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