Prime Minister Unable to Justify Carbon Tax

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister Bill English is unable to justify the huge $1.4 billion annual cost to New Zealand families, farmers and businesses, of a useless Emissions Trading Scheme, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Budget 2017: Guide to Possible Tax Changes

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Steven Joyce has intimated that this Budget will provide tax relief to New Zealanders through an adjustment in tax thresholds (rather than changes to rates ). Read more »

No Steven, people earning $70,000 aren’t rich pricks

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

To only adjust the bottom tax thresholds would be to give a slap to Kiwis earning around the $70K range. Read more »

Housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities

Press Release – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

New poll housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities for Kiwis ahead of Budget An exclusive new poll has revealed the top issues New Zealanders believe the Government must address inThursdays Budget. It also gives insights into attitudes … Read more »

Company tax the missing link in Budget debate

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

The media, Government, and Opposition have done Kiwi businesses a disservice by completely ignoring New Zealands onerous company tax rate during debate over Budget 2017. Read more »

At 1:43pm today Kiwis finally stop working for the gov’t

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Today is 2017 Tax Freedom Day. At 1:43pm the average New Zealanders will stop working for the government and for the first time this year begin working for themselves. Jordan Williams, Taxpayers Union Executive Director, said, “Tax Freedom Day … Read more »

WTF: Even VUW are calling for tax cuts

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Professor Norman Gemmell, Chair in Public Finance at Victoria University of Wellington, has today called on Steven Joyce to simplify income taxes and provide tax relief. Hear hear, says the Taxpayers Union . Read more »

Talking about tax minus the spin this Budget week

Press Release – Public Service Association

The Public Service Association is proud to present Progressive Thinking: ten perspectives on tax, an edited booklet featuring ten leading authors, academics and campaigners writing on a broad range of topics on tax policy in theory and practice. Read more »

National ignoring tax advantages of property speculation

Press Release – Green Party

The Government was told in 2011 by its own Savings Working Group that property investment enjoyed unfair tax advantages over savings, but National has consistently ignored the advice and the housing crisis it has fuelled, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Libraries Should Not Be Turned into Spacie Parlours

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is questioning the value of the most recent addition to Wellington City Council libraries: video game consoles. The Councils Libraries team revealed that video consoles had been installed at six libraries across Wellington, at an … Read more »

Total lifetime tax bill for average NZ household $1.48m

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

As Steven Joyce prepares to deliver his first budget on Thursday, the Taxpayers Union can reveal that the average household pays $1.48 million in tax over a lifetime – equivalent to 15 years of earnings. Read more »

Council adopts Annual Plan 2017/18

Press Release – Environment Southland

Environment Southland councillors adopted the Annual Plan 2017/18 this week. It updates the forecasted outputs and financial information in the third year of councils current 2015-2025 Long-term Plan (LTP). Read more »

PSA launching Progressive Thinking on tax booklet

Press Release – Public Service Association

WHAT: The Budget week launch of the Progressive Thinking: ten perspectives on tax booklet, which features ten leading authors, academics and campaigners writing journalistically on a broad range of topics in tax theory and policy, including contributions from … Read more »

Family First shouldn’t get a tax break. Nor should Greenpeace.

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Lobby groups masquerading as charities shouldnt get tax breaks, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Read more »

Speech: Props, Promises, Propaganda And Phoney Politics

Speech – New Zealand First Party

Your national president Tom OConnor has said all 65,000 Grey Power members across New Zealand are preparing for political war over NZ Super. You are concerned, and rightly so, by Nationals intention to raise the age of entitlement to 67. Read more »

Charities Board Still Plans To Censor Family First

Press Release – Family First

Family First NZ has been told by media that the governments Charities Board still wants to deregister us despite the board being rebuked in an earlier decision in the Wellington High Court in 2015 where they were told that . Members of the … Read more »

Government reaps $385M from duty on Imperial Tobacco sales

Article – BusinessDesk

May 15 (BusinessDesk) – The government received $385 million in duty on sales of Imperial Tobacco New Zealand, the local unit of UK tobacco giant Imperial Brands Plc, in 2016 as the company posted its highest sales since at least 2001. Read more »

Labour to ‘ring-fence’ property investor losses

Article – BusinessDesk

May 15 (BusinessDesk) – Property investors will no longer be able to offset income in other areas against losses declared on residential property investments under new tax policy worth around $150 million a year and announced by Labour leader Andrew … Read more »

Labour Fiddles While National Turns a Blind Eye on Housing

Press Release – The Opportunities Party

The Opportunities Party says Labours promise to ban negative gearing on rental properties is a purely symbolic move that wont get a single kiwi family from a car or garage into a real home. Read more »

Property Institute slams ‘cynical’ Labour Housing policy

Press Release – New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church says that the proposal, by Labour, to remove the ability for property investors to claim tax losses is a cynical electoral ploy and risks making the countries housing crisis significantly … Read more »

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