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Another Tax On Business - Pox On Prosperity

Another Tax On Business - Another Pox On Prosperity

The Labour Government passed yet another tax hike today - this time, a sneaky tax under urgency, ACT New Zealand Transport Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today.

"With the passing of the Motor Vehicles Sales Bill, the Government has singled out motor vehicle dealers for a special levy," Ms Coddington said.

"This move is ostensibly to fund the Disputes Tribunal, but why should good dealers - the majority of whom have never been found guilty of ripping off customers - be forced to fund the bad dealers, the minority?

"If this is such a good levy, as Associate Transport Minister Judith Tizard asserts, then why was it not in the Bill before it went to Select Committee? Then the industry would at least have had some input.

"Instead, this stealth tax has been imposed on an industry already suffering from taxes, licensing and excessive regulation.

"Last week, I wrote to 2,250 motor vehicle dealers, asking how they felt about this tax. The replies have flooded in, and are unanimous in their outrage.

"Well, I apologise to those entrepreneurs that the votes of ACT, National and NZ First were not enough to halt this tax. The Greens - who hate cars anyway - and United Future - who pretend to support lower taxes and compliance costs - supported the Government in forcing yet another tax onto struggling New Zealand.

"Shame," Ms Coddington said.

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