Collins' Tax Cut Gobbled by Brownlee
Collins' Tax Cut Gobbled by
Reacting to the announcement
from the Minister for ACC that levies on petrol will be cut
by 3 cents per litre, Taxpayers' Union Executive
Director Jordan Williams says:
“We welcome the
reduction in ACC levies, and look forward to more as the
accounts become fully funded and the residual component of
the levies become unnecessary."
Minister Collins reduces the tax burden on petrol by 3 cents
per litre, her colleague, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee,
recently upped petrol duty by the same amount with another 3
cent increase locked in for next year.”
“We hope that
this is only the first of what should be many measures
announced during the election campaign to reduce the tax
burden on New Zealand workers, families and
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