Infuse fair and equal taxation to uphold gender equality

Farzan Ibrahim

What you need to know:

These are not the only recommendations for a just tax structure that also promotes gender equality.

One of the canons of taxation we covered during my undergraduate studies in the “Taxation Economics and Policy” module was equity. This canon of equity in simple terms means that a tax must be based on the principle of equity. That is taxes need to be fair such that each payer contributes their fair share to the revenue basket cost of government and furthermore, the tax must be levied according to the tax paying capacity of the individual.  However, throughout this class, we did not cover taxation from a feminist lens. We considered the variation in the impact of every tax policy on the rich and the poor but never considered the gender impact of their variation in policy.  

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