Taxing times for lesbians and gay men Young, Claire
Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Faculty of Law. This talk revisits the issue of including lesbians and gay men as spouses for tax purposes. It highlights existing concerns about this policy, including the fact that it results in a privatization of economic security within relationships. The lecture also considers the impact of changes to the income tax system that permit spouses to split income and concludes that these changes exacerbate existing inequalities and reinforce heteronormativity by rewarding the traditional family in which one spouse is the breadwinner and the other remains at home. The recommendation is that all tax rules that take spousal status into account be abolished and we return to the individual as the unit of taxation.
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