Dead For Tax Reasons is a blog written by Dr. Lindsay Tedds, Associate Professor and Scientific Director, Fiscal and Economic Policy, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. Lindsay is an academic economist who specializes in tax policy. She first became interested in both economics and taxes when she read Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Economists are introduced with the mythical planet of Magrathea (where the planet Earth was created): ”Magrathea is a myth a fairy story, it’s what parents tell their kids about at night if they want them to grow up to be economists….” Taxes were featured along side the character ‘Hotblack Desiato’ who was spending the year dead for tax reasons. If you are unfamiliar with this series, she highly recommends that you avoid the Hollywood movie and instead watch the British TV series or listen to the British radio series. Better yet, read the book.
Lindsay has a very eclectic background, which heavily influences her perspective on economics and taxes. She grew up as a military brat, never spending much more than a few years in any one location (and, hence, establishing few long term ties, a trend that continues to this day). Her first degree is in political science (before she saw the light) and she held down a lot of menial jobs before landing a post with local government and subsequently many posts within the Government of Canada in Ottawa in the areas of public economics and policy implementation before obtaining her PhD in economics. Since then, she has worked at McMaster University, University of Manitoba, and the University of Victoria. She spent 2015-2016 in the fair city of Calgary and is happy to be back, hoping to enjoy 2018 Stampede.
She is the co-author of Taxes and the Canadian Underground Economy and User Fees in Canada as well as a number of book chapters, technical reports, interactive guides, and papers in peer reviewed journals. She is a fan of British science fiction (Tom Baker should be knighted!), heavy metal, and motorcycles.
In this blog, she will parse tax policy issues, focusing on Canada, in the hope of shining the light on this deep and oft misunderstood underbelly of a progressive and advanced society. She is neither a fan nor foe of taxes, but rather sees the good, the bad, and the ugly in all things taxes.