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Policy: Tax - A Fair Tax System For Jobs & Growth

ACT is the only party saying that taxes and government spending are already too high. Lower taxes will boost economic growth and help to create new jobs. ACT believes that New Zealanders can make better decisions about how to spend their money than the government. That’s why we want to return power to working New Zealanders by lowering taxes and enabling them to keep more of what they earn.

ACT’s goals:

To make New Zealand the most pro-business, pro-jobs country in the developed world

To initiate a five year programme of tax cuts

A top rate of company and personal income tax of no more than 20%

ACT believes:

Government spending and taxes are too high

To lower the average tax burden we have to reduce government spending

Government spending is now so high that the tax system has to be much more complex and grasping than is desirable

A flat income tax would be fairer, more efficient and much simpler for businesses and individual taxpayers

ACT will:

Move to a flatter tax rate structure

Undertake a thorough review of the IRD to ensure it operates more effectively and is fair to taxpayers

Review the entire tax system with the aim of making it simpler and easier to comply with.

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