The cost of being single

I read this.

Then got pissed off.

Being single is expensive. And despite the article’s title, it suggests that the reason for this is because single people go out more, and make more expensive lifestyle choices.

I call shenanigans.

The issue is that single people miss out on all the tax breaks. They miss out on the benefits of reduced health insurance premiums that come with being a couple. They miss out on the ability to share the cost of day to day living expenses that can’t be avoided.

It’s not lifestyle choices that make being single expensive. It’s the financial burden that is placed upon single people by the government and business for unavoidable expenses. All done in order to “support families”.

This also makes me frustrated – if you can’t afford to have kids, then don’t have kids. I should not be forced to financially support your lifestyle choice to procreate.

What really makes me angry though, is the fact that I’m not single. My partner and I have jobs that mean we don’t live in the same country. I live in Australia, my partner lives in the US. It has been this way for a long time. We deal with it. But according to the government, when it comes to taxes, we aren’t part of a couple, because he’s not an Australian resident. When it comes to health insurance, we can’t claim a couples policy, because he’s not an Australian resident. We can’t split day to day living expenses or have him on my accounts because he’s not an Australian resident and for obvious reasons, we don’t live together.

So, you know what? Screw that article. Being single is expensive because single people are penalised by the tax system and business policies. Not because “we like to party,” or whatever crap they seem to have come up with to fill space on the web today.

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One thought on “The cost of being single

  1. Totally agree, it’s pretty clear that we’ve got to rethink the taxation system in Australia.

    It seems like no political parties are willing to go near the tax debate for fear of upsetting the voting public, even though clear problems like this high singles taxation rate exist. Australians really would jump behind more progressive taxation if they saw the good things our tax money was being spent on.

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