Join our HiveMind exploration on this important issue: Fair enough? How should New Zealanders be taxed
Should we lower taxes to boost the economy? Are we taxed too much? Should ‘sin taxes’ on things like sugar and pollution be used to change our behaviours? These are some of the issues dividing the people taking part in our interactive Tax HiveMind, which launched on 16 April.
There’s been a lot of interest. Since starting 4 days ago, over 170 people have voted over 7000 times on a range of tax positions and 25 people have added over 50 statements for other participants to consider.
Our Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon.
While the TWG has invited the public to send in written submissions, we believe that an issue as important as the fairness of the tax regime should be open for discussion, debate and dialogue. Unfortunately, a written submission process just doesn’t encourage the kind of public exchange we think is necessary in a well-functioning democracy. Our HiveMind will end at 9am on 30 April so that the results can be submitted to the TWG as a submission.
At a time when opinion can seem polarised, Scoop’s HiveMind process is able to identify areas of common ground. For the tax issue, almost everyone seems to agree that good-quality public services are necessary for any well-functioning nation, that people who fall on hard times should have access to basic services funded by national taxes, and that the tax system needs to make sure that multinationals pay their fair share of tax here in NZ where their services are used.
Click here to take part in the Tax HiveMind.