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Income Splitting Moves Step Closer

Parents’ Choice

Media Statement: For Immediate Release
Monday 28 April 2008

Income Splitting Moves Step Closer

Parenting lobby group – Parents’ Choice – welcomed the release of a Discussion Paper on Income Splitting by Revenue Minister, Peter Dunne.

“Parents’ Choice welcomes the release of this document as another move towards the introduction of Income Splitting and recognition of the work of “at home parents” said Chairman, Roger Ellis.

“Income Splitting is the missing element in New Zealand’s tax system. It provides greater fairness for families who would like to have increased flexibility so that at least one parent can spend more time with the children” said Mr Ellis.

“New Zealand has failed to keep pace with recognising the value of at home parenting. More than a dozen OECD countries allow some form of joint tax assessment. New Zealand needs to catch up with the more progressive countries that recognise the value of parenting and allow parents the freedom to choose how they will parent” said Mr Ellis.

The advantages of income splitting go beyond the purely financial. Creating a level playing field for parents to choose whether they wish to be at home with the children, or return to work, could have substantial benefits for children and for society in general. Attachment between child and adult, especially during the first five years, is believed to be vitally important in terms of a child’s development. These factors should also be considered when deciding whether to introduce income splitting.

Parents’ Choice will be canvassing supporters and providing a submission on income splitting. We urge all other parenting groups to make their views known on this very important aspect of tax reform.

Submissions close on June 30th and can be sent to the IRD Deputy Commissioner. The IRD Discussion Document can be found online at:

The Parents Choice blog can be found at www.parentschoice08.blogspot.com


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