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Copeland condemns National’s retrograde tax move

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Friday, 19 August 2005

Copeland condemns National’s retrograde tax move

United Future finance spokesman Gordon Copeland today condemned as a retrograde step the National Party’s plan to fund its tax policies by dropping the link between the rate of inflation and tax brackets.

“For years, hard-working Kiwi wage earners have been punished when inflation pushed them into higher tax brackets, thus eroding the value of their incomes.

“After three years of argument from United Future, Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen gave way and in the last Budget said the tax brackets would be indexed to the rate of inflation – an historic concession from any New Zealand Government.

“Even though Dr Cullen delayed this policy change to 2007 when United Future said it should happen from next year, it was still a highly significant move in favour of the New Zealand taxpayer.

“And now National wants to take a step backwards – that’s wrong, it’s retrograde and I call on John Key to scrap the policy immediately,” said Mr Copeland.


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