The Canadian government is pushing ahead with a controversial proposal to have baby boomers pay for baby haircutting.
It would create a “child bad haircut” tax to pay for the services that baby booming adults would no longer need, according to the Toronto Star.
That’s because the government’s plan will not create a tax on adult haircuts.
The cost of hair removal services would not be a tax, the Star reports.
It’s not the first time the government has proposed a baby haircut tax.
In April, the government released a proposal to tax haircuts and nail salon services, with a cap of $10 per month for each adult.
It also proposed raising the maximum income tax rate to 28 per cent.
The proposal was met with widespread opposition.
The Toronto Star reports that “the tax will not affect haircuts, nail salon expenses or travel, and will be administered by a provincial authority that is separate from the city’s child welfare agency.”
The government will still need to find a way to pay back the $8 billion it borrowed to implement the plan.
But some experts say it’s not that complicated.
“I would not expect a haircut tax to be a bad idea,” says David Parnell, a senior fellow at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
Parnel says the government is taking a risk by asking adults to shoulder a tax burden, and it is “very much a social experiment” where adults are being asked to pay more for a haircut.
“It’s not a good idea for the tax system,” Parnes says.
“The idea is that people are being told they have to pay a higher tax, but that’s not really how taxes work.”