Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Labour drops tax cuts in favour of $1.5B of new spending

Labour drops tax cuts in favour of $1.5B of new spending

Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) – The Labour Party is ditching two of its flagship tax initiatives from the last election, giving itself an extra $1.5 billion for alternative policy promises.

Labour leader David Cunliffe announced the changes, which will see Labour drop its proposal to exempt fresh fruit and vegetables from GST and the first $5,000 of earnings from income tax.

The GST promise, while politically popular, was criticised by tax experts as creating a compliance minefield for retailers, while the $5,000 tax exemption threshold would have benefited wealthy people as much as low income earners while undermining one of the most reliable parts of the tax base.

Cunliffe said the changes would allow Labour “to create fresh opportunities for all New Zealanders.”

“As leader, I have been reassessing how to give Kiwis the best bang for their hard-earned bucks. We will be removing the previously proposed $5000 tax-free zone and the GST exemption on fresh fruit and vegetables.

“This decision frees up around $1.5 billion per annum,” Cunliffe said in a statement.

“While these were worthwhile policies, we believe there are better ways to help struggling Kiwi families.”

Some flavour of policies that could be funded by the revenue freed up by dropping both promises would be outlined in his State of the Nation speech next Monday.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Final Frontier: Rocket Lab And NASA Sign Commercial Space Launch Agreement

Rocket Lab has signed a Commercial Space Launch Act Agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The agreement enables Rocket Lab to use NASA resources - including personnel, facilities and equipment - for launch and reentry efforts. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Wheeler Downplays Scope For ‘Large’ Rates Fall

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler says some market commentators are predicting further declines in interest rates that would only make sense for an economy in recession, although some easing is likely to be needed to maintain New Zealand’s economic growth. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha Dam: Consent Conditions Could Mean Reduced Intensity

Legal advice sought by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council on the Ruataniwha Dam consent conditions has confirmed that farmers who sign up to take water from the dam could be required to reduce the intensity of their farming operation to meet the catchment’s strict nitrogen limit. More>>

Health And Safety: Bill Now Sees Rules Relaxed For Small Businesses

Health and safety law reform sparked by the Pike River coalmine disaster has been reported back from the industrial relations select committee with weakened requirements on small businesses to appoint health and safety representatives and committees. More>>

ALSO:

Bearing Fruit: Annual Fruit Exports Hit $2 Billion For First Time

The value of fruit exported rose 20 percent (up $330 million) for the June 2015 year when compared with the year ended June 2014. Both higher prices and a greater quantity of exports (up 9.0 percent) contributed to the overall rise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news