It would appear that women are, on average, the net beneficiaries of the tax system in most western countries – and by a large margin.
Firstly the contribution to the government’s tax revenue paid by women is dwarfed by that amount contributed by men. This is a reflection, in part, of the gender pay (earnings) gap that feminists are forever banging on about. And for the uninitiated, that gap primarily reflects personal choices rather than active gender discrimination by employers.
Secondly, of that government expenditure that can be seen to benefit one gender over the other, women/girls do very well indeed in comparison to government allocations to men/boys.
The discrepancy between the amount of tax revenue contributed by men in Australia, and the extent to which the government invests in agencies/programs supporting men & boys is addressed in another blog post.
This is the result of, and is reflected in, the level of utter difference or even contempt demonstrated by most politicians towards men and their issues.
I anticipate readers asking ‘well, ok then, point me to definitive statistics to support your assertion’. But, alas, that’s not as easy as it should be. Some statistics for other countries are referenced in the articles below, but in Australia one would have to compile such statistics from scratch. This would constitute an onerous task for anyone as I state in a post mentioned earlier. This data gap is no accident, for most politicians and bureaucrats either don’t care or would prefer such information to not be made available.
The same situation applies in relation to exploring the gender divide for many other issues. If you seek data that supports a position of male culpability or female disadvantage, information abounds. With regards to examining alternative perspectives, however, the reverse applies. It was once a case of the relevant information being available but well-hidden. Now, more and more, researchers simply elect not to ask the relevant questions.
One indicator of the gender expenditure gap however is the large number of government and non-government organisations formulating policy and/or providing services to women and girls (in contrast to few/none for men/boys). See also these two posts in relation to funding for feminist advocacy groups (post #1 / post #2). The gender expenditure gap is now even reflected in Australia’s allocation towards foreign aid.
And yet despite this gender tax/support gap, this feminist scholar is probably not alone in proposing that women shouldn’t be taxed at all.
A selection of related articles/papers:
2014/15 – the income tax gender gap increased again… to £75.5 BILLION (24 March 2017) UK
Men use retirement money 3x less but pay the same retirement taxes (5 March 2017) Reddit discussion thread
“The Lifetime Distribution of Health Care Costs” B. Alemayehu and KE Warner. Health Serv. Res. (2004) A March 2017 Reddit discussion thread and linked paper
Will You Pay The Bill For The Coming Spinster Bubble? (10 January 2017)
“Income and fiscal incidence by age and gender: some evidence from New Zealand” O. Aziz, N. Gemmell, and A. Laws, Review of Income and Wealth (2015) A November 2016 Reddit discussion thread and linked paper
Only men pay taxes (8 October 2016) Video
Reblog: Research find that as a group, only men pay tax (16 August 2016)
Research finds that as a group, only men pay tax (10 August 2016)
The ‘Pole Tax’ on men is why I’m not voting tomorrow (6 May 2015) U.K
The ‘benefits gap’ — a cursory analysis of US social security (OASI) and disability insurance (DI) An October 2014 Reddit discussion thread with links to relevant Social Security Administration data sources
Women’s share of income tax payments declines (2011/12 v 2010/11) (20 August 2014)
Are women paying 60% less income tax than men? (8 February 2013)
The Female Economy
Feminists rage about the desperate personal privations that women suffer a result of the gender wage gap, whilst demanding all manner of financial support). At the same time, however, others gloat (without a hint of irony) about the financial strength of women collectively. Go figure.
The next economic boom could come from women (12 September 2017)
Men or Women: Who Has the Most Buying Power and Why? (13 March 2014)