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Alberta finance minister will reexamine de-indexing of tax brackets that costs Albertans millions

National Post: 'Alberta’s finance minister has vowed to remove a backdoor tax hike that was costing Albertans millions on their annual income tax bills — if the government’s promising economic projections become reality.


'Travis Toews made the comments at a Tuesday meeting with the members of the National Post’s editorial board.


'Back in 2019, the Alberta government de-indexed income taxes, given the collapse in oil prices that had spun the province into a recession. At the time, it argued that indexing — which meant that tax brackets moved upwards with inflation — amounted to “unaffordable” tax expenditures for the government.


'By de-indexing tax brackets — a measure the province said would last until the economic situation improved — the brackets would remain the same each year, meaning that as wages rose, the government would collect more in income tax.'

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