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Pinning Robertson Would Be Easier if Nats Actually Cut Tax

Pinning Robertson Would Be Easier if Nats Actually Cut Tax

“National's Finance Spokesman, Steven Joyce, fired a very frustrated opening salvo today in the coming battle over taxes,” according to ACT’s David Seymour.

“Mr Joyce couldn’t pin Mr Robertson because he is wrong that an earner on the average wage will be $1,060 per year worse off on April Fools’ Day 2018, and Mr Robertson is correct that an average earner without kids will pay the same tax rates as they do today.

“If Mr Joyce wanted to make the Government raise taxes, he should have cut them instead of just talking about cutting them when he was in power.

“Mr Joyce is correct that taxpayers will not notice when the Government legislates away the promised 2018 tax cuts under urgency in the dying weeks of this year, but it is too late for that. “As is so often the case with the fifth National Government, the tragedy is not that is lost power, but that it failed to use the power it had,” says Mr Seymour.

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