My Spouse is Worth How Much?

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This piece was originally written in 2005 so the numbers aren’t quite right currently, but the sentiment is correct. Figuring out my spouse is worth how much isn’t that hard these days.

So, we now have figured out that the Government of Canada thinks little of the “traditional family” (IMHO), so let’s just ask another interesting question.

How much is the work that my spouse (who stays at home and WORKS) worth in the eyes of the government?

That’s a darn good question. If we go back to our happy calculations from our last set of Blogs:

  1. Assume an income of $100K (yes, I keep choosing that number because it is easy for me)
  2. All we need to compare is the income of a Single Person that makes $100K and someone with a spouse, right?
  3. Assume this is Ontario (the good) of course.

Well if we look at how much a single person (who doesn’t do anything with their money except LIVE), the would pay approximately: $29,952.00

That is a lot of money, no matter how you slice it eh?

OK, if we now look at a married couple where one spouse makes $100K and their spouse or live in partner do not have enough income for the Tax folks to notice, they would pay: $28,219.00

So this says to me (and I could be mistaken), that my spouse who works very hard at home is worth: $1733.00

That is real money too guys (i.e. it’s money you aren’t paying in Tax, so it is REAL money). If I get paid every two weeks, that means my spouse is worth $66.00 per pay cheque.

That is not fair, now is it? My spouse’s labors to take care of our kids, the house and keep me from killing myself is worth $66.00 every two weeks? NO! That is not right.

Again my numbers are thanks to our friends at Quicktax.

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  • Big Cajun Man April 26, 2005, 10:36 AM

    Amen Arbee, this whole “National Daycare” debacle is another example of “everything looking like a nail” when you are a hammer.

    Mr. Dryden needs to give his head a shake, I think.

  • Canadian Capitalist April 26, 2005, 10:31 AM

    I agree with you that single income families are getting screwed by our “progressive” tax system.

    Do you think anything will get done when an overwhelming majority of Canadian households are double income?

    My case in point: The latest initiative for a national day care system. Who do you think is going to be the main beneficiary? Double income families (I think single parents need every help they can get).

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