Childfree Taxes

Check out this article: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2010/11/03/letters-increase-tax-for-the-childless/ The writer suggests that childfree adults should pay more tax than those with kids, because we have more discretionary income. We use the fewest services (no kids in school, for example). I actually think that there should be a tax break for childfree adults, instead of a tax credit for kids. It just doesn’t make sense in any practical way.

5 Comments

  1. John Drake
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Right now there are numerous tax advantages for going green, using green buidling techniques, getting solar panels, getting an electric car, etc. Isn’t not having a child, i.e. another resource user, one of the greenest things of all one can do? Maybe there should be a tax rebate for me and my wife, who have no kids, don’t want them and in fact, I’ve even had a vasectomy to prevent it from happening. We need to encourage people to cut back on reproduction, not make it easier.

  2. Ellen
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Good thought on the tax breaks for all kinds of environmentally friendly choices, but it’s really true that the very best way to protect our earth is by reducing population. It’s going to take some loud speaking out to make changes in this direction!

  3. KB
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Agreed John and Ellen!
    We ALREADY pay inordiate amounts of taxes, especially for things we never use, like public schools! Additionally, add up the tax credits and bonuses/breaks those with kids get and it will make your head spin. We are already subsidizing people who choose to have kids way too much–this is a ridiculous proposition!

  4. Amy
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely child-free people should get a break on taxes. We don’t have kids to send to school and we’re not over-populating the planet. Too many people are having kids and the ones that are, don’t know how to raise them correctly. I could go on…..

    -amy

  5. Stephanie
    Posted September 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    This is something I’ve thought about quite a bit. Why do those of us who use publicly funded programs the least have to pay the most in taxes?? It definitely makes more sense to me to get a tax credit for being childfree and using fewer taxpayer-funded services than to get a credit for using more services. On the other hand, if we all just voted Libertarian, we may solve our own problem – although I actually consider myself to be a “moderate” Libertarian, for example I do think schools should be publicly funded.

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