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Tax reforms generally imply a trade-off between average income and inequality. from www.shutterstock.com

How raising tax for high-income earners would reduce inequality, improve social welfare in New Zealand

At 33%, New Zealand's highest income tax rate is relatively low compared to other economies. Lifting it and cutting tax for low-income earners could improve welfare.
Nurses in November 2016 expressed support for a ballot proposition to limit what California state agencies pay for prescription drugs. AP/Nick Ut, file

Expanding direct democracy won’t make Americans feel better about politics

Citizens voting directly on policy seems like a good idea. But that led to the Brexit mess in the UK. In the US, two scholars say direct democracy deepens distrust of politics and government.
It pays to pay attention to small changes. They end up determining what works. Shutterstock

Tinkering can achieve a lot. Politics isn’t broken

Big social and economic reforms are rare. What's much more common is tinkering. It happens all the time and shapes the big changes when they come.
People of color, women and the LGBTQ community are just some of the groups who often get slighted with tax reforms. Andrey_Popov/shutterstock.com

How American tax laws encourage inequality

Real tax reform is about more than cutting taxes to woo voters. It's about making the system fairer.
Should wealthy Canadians pay an inheritance tax? In this photo from 2002, David Thomson listens during the annual meeting of Thomson Corp. The Thomsons are considered Canada’s richest family. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)

Should Canada have an inheritance tax?

Canada is the only G7 country that doesn't have an inheritance tax. A new report says that should change. The idea of sharing the wealth from one generation to another is not new.
Gradually reducing stamp duty and negative gearing would minimise the impact on investors. Shutterstock

Gradual reform to capital gains, negative gearing and stamp duty will make housing more affordable

Housing affordability has declined significantly over the past few decades. Slowly reducing negative gearing and capital gains, and switching to property taxes, could reverse this trend.

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