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Budget 2015 introduces new 'travel tax' on Kiwi families

Budget 2015 introduces new 'travel tax' on Kiwi families

The Taxpayers’ Union is set to launch a campaign on the border clearance levy, or ‘Travel Tax’ the Government has announced as part of Budget 2015. The Travel Tax is expected to take effect from 1 January 2016, and will add around $20 to the cost of international travel for every return traveller.

Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, says:

“This Government was elected on a promise to get spending under control and back into surplus. Instead it is whacking travellers with a nasty surprise of a stealth tax.”

“On the one hand the Government is splashing out on corporate welfare to increase tourism but on the other it’s introducing a new tax on international flights.”

“This new Travel Tax will mean an extra $80 for a family of four to pop over to the Gold Coast. It is a smack in the face to taxpayers who work hard and save for the occasional overseas break.”

“While we support user-pay regimes, the Government isn’t lowering any other taxes to compensate New Zealanders for this new Travel Tax. Instead, the Government is set to gouge travellers to lower its deficit.”

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