Horizontal Equity

Horizontal Equity

A theory that persons or corporations who earn the same or a similar amount of money should be taxed in the same or a similar way. For example, horizontal equity states that two individuals making $50,000 per year should be taxed the same amount, regardless of how they earned their income. Horizontal equity is the idea behind the progressive tax system in place in many countries, though few countries implement it entirely.
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The government has also promised that as part of ongoing dialogue on the National Finance Commission Award, the federal and provincial governments will 'make progress on measures aimed at better rebalancing inter-governmental relationships and improve inter-provincial horizontal equity'.
The decision will ensure horizontal equity by processing returns filed by all categories of taxpayers across the country in a consistent, uniform, rule-driven, identity blind manner.
Liebman, Harvard University and NBER, "Independent Taxation, Horizontal Equity, and Return-Free Filing"
Even though it is out of question for every country to have one "best fit model" to warrant fairness in provision of health care28, every child in a country should have access at least, to basic healthcare facilities (horizontal equity) and sufficient funds should be made available to meet the requirements of under privileged children (vertical equity)29.
'But another important element is 'horizontal equity,' or how the tax system treats similar entities.
Sawada said there should be "horizontal equity" among investors, which the present tax incentive system of the government does not provide.
"Tax policy divides equity into two subcategories: horizontal equity and vertical equity." (77) Horizontal equity suggests that equals should be treated equally.
There are two major types of transport equity: horizontal equity and vertical equity [17].
If horizontal equity is considered a significant concern, (51) it
If individuals with similar incomes differ in terms of tax payments because of tax evasion then as a result, tax evasion violates the principle of horizontal equity (which calls for same treatment to people in an identical situation) and results into income inequality.
It will also improve horizontal equity by harmonising the same deduction across all retirement funds.
Their efforts, however, were mostly focused on fighting tax fraud and building horizontal equity (making sure individuals and businesses with similar levels of income pay similar levels of tax).