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.”