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Taxpayers' Union Dusts Off Cheque Book

Taxpayers' Union Dusts Off Cheque Book to Qualify for Tax Relief

Eager to qualify for the only tax cut contained in yesterday’s budget, theTaxpayers’ Union will this morning present a cheque to Treasury to cover the lunch provided at yesterday’s budget lock-up.

"So we don’t miss out on the tax cut to cheque duty, rather than pay for our taxpayer funded lunch with cash, we’ve dusted off our cheque book to make the payment,” says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union.

“We’d be surprised if anyone even notices this arbitrary effort to cut taxes. It will save New Zealanders, on average, one dollar per year.”

Yesterday’s budget forecasts that over the next four years, total surpluses will equal $4,935 per household.

“Of $4,935, Kiwi taxpayers get back $1 from the only tax cut contained in yesterday's budget. Only the minority who still use cheques will even qualify."

"No wonder John Key has hinted at tax cuts during the election campaign. This is a tax cut that benefits only the one per cent who still use cheques. What’s next, removing excise tax on fountain pens?"

"We’re calling on the Government to lay out a clear and meaningful program of reducing tax and compliance costs."

The Taxpayers’ Union fights for lower taxes and value for money from every tax dollar. New Zealanders are welcome to donate their tax cut by sending a cheque to PO Box 10518, The Terrace, Wellington.

ENDS

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