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Distinguish between a progressive and regressive tax

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Distinguish between a progressive tax system and a regressive tax system Governments use policies of taxation and government spending in a variety of ways. One of these factors is used to affect distribution of income in an economy. The government tries to correct inequality to a certain extent, so that the spread of income and living standards amongst its citizens will be more equal and fair. There are two main types of taxes in a country. ...read more.


Therefore the first difference between progressive and regressive tax systems is that in progressive taxes, average tax rises as income rises, whereas in the latter, average tax falls as income rises. The two methods of taxation have vastly different effects on different classes of society. Richer citizens will be more affected by progressive taxes, as those who earn a larger salary will have a bigger proportion taxed. Whereas, poorer citizens will be more affected by regressive taxes, as they will have a bigger proportion of their smaller salary taxed. ...read more.


Progressive taxes also encourage redistribution of income. Regressive taxes are indirect taxes, for example, Goods and Services Tax (GST). Regressive taxes take a larger proportion of income as incomes fall as it is taxed in the purchasing of goods. For example, if two customers spend $10 in a shop, but one's income is $100 and the other's is $10000, the regressive tax would have taken 10% of the first consumer's income but only 0.01% of the latter's income. Therefore, regressive taxes, though they have their benefits in possibly reducing the consumption of demerit goods, they may actually lead to a widening gap in income inequality, and do not encourage redistribution of income. ...read more.

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