Thursday, January 14, 2010

The "Men Tax" in Israel: A gender-based flat rate 300$ annual men tax

Making men special special gender-based income tax has been part of the feminist agenda for a long time now. However, in Israel a gender-based men tax is already a reality that is well integrated within the income tax system.

Income tax in Israel works in a progressive way, the higher your annual income is, the higher your tax rate will be. After calculating the personal income tax, there are credits. Every Israeli resident is eligible for 2.25 credit points, worth about 1350$ anually. this means that if your calculated income tax is 5000$, you would only pay 3650$.

However, if you are a woman, you will get an additional 0.5 credit points just because you are a woman. It doesn't matter if you have children or not. You just have to be a woman. This additional 0.5 credit point worth about 300$ every year.

So, there you have it. In the Israeli taxation system you have a annual flat 300$ gender-based Men Tax.

If the government wanted to be really eaqul, it should have either canceled the extra 0.5 credit point for women altogether, or reduce it by 0.25 points and give men an extra 0.25 points as well. As long as the current gender-based taxation goes on, the Israeli government will be part of the hall of shame of governments that apply institutional discrimination policies against men on the basis of gender.

The worst thing about it is that the Israeli government doesn't even try to hide it or excuse it in some way. The Men Tax is proudly mentioned in the official website of the finance ministry. Search for "Tax Credits" and you will see it there. An Official Men Tax!

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