Tax breaks for married senior citizens aren't fair, according to older single Canadians
Lobby group pushes for changes to pension income splitting
Canadian seniors who are married or in common-law relationships can take advantage of income splitting — a tax advantage that their single counterparts say isn't fair to those who are aging without a partner.
With the number of single people in Canada continuing to grow in many age categories, the concept of single seniors paying more per household in taxes than their married neighbours may become increasingly unpopular.
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