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Do you get depressed when you see all the deductions on your paystub?

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Do you get depressed when you see all the deductions on your paystub?

Taxes, CPP, EI, Insurance, Union etc... You work so hard, everybody gets their cut and you barely end up with anything?
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Deductions from the paystub no, but the property tax bill annoys me. Really high in Ottawa. Then the $1,000 monthly daycare fees. That's another big chunk out. But my husband started a new job 2 weeks ago and will bring home $2,000 more each month. Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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No?

Roads aren't free. Schools aren't free. Hospitals aren't free. I'm more than happy to pay my share of the public services that everyone makes use of. I'd be happier if we could get the same level of service while paying less if they could reduce wasteful spending, but that's mainly just wishful thinking because there's wastage in every organization, public and private.
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Yes YES YES YESS
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No, but I get pissed when I think about how wasteful all 3 levels of government are. If they spent it wisely and efficiently I don't think as many people would gripe about how many taxes we pay.
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With deductions, I also see matching contributions +5%...so all is not last.
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No, I don't really. I want to continue to live in a society and part of that is contributing towards taxes. CPP doesn't bother me as I hope to collect someday.
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sherman51 wrote:
Apr 6th, 2017 3:39 pm
No, but I get pissed when I think about how wasteful all 3 levels of government are. If they spent it wisely and efficiently I don't think as many people would gripe about how many taxes we pay.
Exactly. Fine, keep the deductions the same, but sheesh, there shouldn't be all these roads in such decrepit shape, taking 10 years to repair, or constantly increasing health care cost, Teachers, whomever always going on strike. We know there's tons of waste where you have government workers basically stealing from risk taking private people who could get fired easily. That's the problem.
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at1212b wrote:
Apr 6th, 2017 4:17 pm
Exactly. Fine, keep the deductions the same, but sheesh, there shouldn't be all these roads in such decrepit shape, taking 10 years to repair, or constantly increasing health care cost, Teachers, whomever always going on strike. We know there's tons of waste where you have government workers basically stealing from risk taking private people who could get fired easily. That's the problem.
Someone is bitter!! But definitely agree that government could be smaller.

I don't have deductions on my pay, but my regular tax instalments and annual return are brutal. That said, I understand it is the cost of living in this country and don't mind generally. The only time it bugs me is when I see people evading taxes or people who just sit around and collect welfare when they are perfectly capable of working.
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wserib wrote:
Apr 6th, 2017 2:38 pm
Taxes, CPP, EI, Insurance, Union etc... You work so hard, everybody gets their cut and you barely end up with anything?
You misunderstand. It's not "your" money. If there were fewer deductions, you'd have to pay for stuff out of your own pocket more. Or not have it.

Cost of living in a safe, secure, first world country.

You're basically asking "do you want more money?"; when people *have* more money, they just buy bigger houses and newer cars.

Happiness != money.
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It's much worse when you are self employed, and have to pay your taxes after already having all the money. Keeping 40+% of your money in a short term savings account so you can pay the government can be hard to stomach.
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Ixidor wrote:
Apr 6th, 2017 3:35 pm
No?

Roads aren't free. Schools aren't free. Hospitals aren't free. I'm more than happy to pay my share of the public services that everyone makes use of. I'd be happier if we could get the same level of service while paying less if they could reduce wasteful spending, but that's mainly just wishful thinking because there's wastage in every organization, public and private.
^ this

Canada is IMO one of the best countries in the world to live in. If you feel depressed, you might want to take a step back, adjust your perspective and try to look beyond a paystub.
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No. In fact deductions should be higher.
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Mar 28, 2017
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Yes, especially the union fee. Our union do jack squad, their lawyer on retainers fee does jack squad, and anytime any one who needs them their reps are "on vacation and will be back in 6 weeks", never answer their email or phone.

Completely corrupted and useless
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income taxes are the biggest deduction on the paystub........and the ever increasing CPP and EI payments.

We do it until we can. When not possible, pack up and return to country of origin.

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