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Vienna, 16.11.2017 Forum Finanz: The steering and effect of taxes and other statutory levies on men and women

On 16 November 2017, under the heading "The steering and effect of taxes and other statutory levies on men and women", the conference series Forum Finanz focused on the impact of the tax system on both genders.

The 2017 study "Gender-specific steering effects of the tax system", as well as Working Paper 1/2016, "Income – A difference between men and women", were both presented. Renowned experts analysed whether taxes and other statutory levies mitigate or reinforce existing income discrepancies.

The afternoon of debate was opened by  Irene Fitzka, who presented a historical outline on the topic and spoke about the working group "Gender Mainstreaming" at the Austrian Federal Finance Ministry, as well as its support in implementing gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting within the Ministry.

In the subsequent addresses and discussions,  Edeltraud Lachmayer,  Margit Schratzenstaller, Fanny Dellinger and  Martin Eder, under the moderation of  Christa Lattner, presented interesting facts and possible solutions. 

In this context, the target of equality within the tax system constituted a principal theme of the event. However, the challenges existing were also illuminated, such as the disproportionate participation of women in part-time work, and the continuing gender pay gap.

Margit Schratzenstaller and Fanny Dellinger MSc presented the results of the study "Gender-specific steering effects of the tax system", and reiterated the necessity of removing negative employment incentives within the tax system with a view to achieving real equality between women and men.

In the view of  Edeltraud Lachmayer, who presented several sets of statistical data so as to better illustrate the differences still existing, the promotion of female employment, a better distribution of unpaid work, and the establishment of targeted steering mechanisms, are also all of central importance.

Martin Eder, who presented the gender-related effects of the Austrian tax system, also highlighted existing income differences.

Those participating in the debates were all in agreement that, with regard to these issues, it is necessary to give greater consideration to the female perspective. In this regard, there was also a need to heighten awareness among decision-makers.