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Amazon Has Taxpayers Over A Barrel

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:41:38 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The $162 million subsidy for one of the world’s richest companies proves Amazon has New Zealand taxpayers over a barrel, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Treasury has previously warned that our ...More >>

Low Nicotine Ciggies Will Drive Up Poverty

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:37:38 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand smokers will who can least afford it will spend more on their habit and in turn do harm to those around them if the Government mandates lower nicotine in tobacco,” says ACT Social Development and Children spokesperson Karen Chhour. ...More >>

Parliamentary Palace Will Not Have The Support Of Taxpayers

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:33:19 +1200 | Taxpayers' Union

“The Speaker’s attempt to pitch a new Parliamentary palace as a ‘ wooden office block ’ will not fly with taxpayers,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke. “Fundamentally, you can’t trust politicians with property projects. ...More >>

Experts: Labour’s Housing Change A Renter’s Tax

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:57:27 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“ The experts are in agreement : Labour’s proposed change to interest deductibility rules is a renter’s tax,” says ACT’s Housing Spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “A majority of economists, academics and property experts believe the impacts of ...More >>

Hamilton City Council Must Investigate LGOIMA And Spin Doctor Costs

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:29:15 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is stunned a Hamilton City Councillor is using inflated official information costs to pursue ‘utu’ on the Union for a series of exposés relating to the Council. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams said: “There ...More >>

New Website To Hear Housing Stories

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:24:11 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“A flood of stories about the likely impacts of new interest deductibility rules has necessitated a new website to hear them all,” says ACT Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Labour’s interest deductibility changes represent a stealth ...More >>

Opportunity To Lift Freedom Camping Burden From Ratepayers Welcomed

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 10:15:19 +1200 | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the long overdue review of self-contained freedom camping rules announced by Tourism Minister Stuart Nash today. “Many councils across the country welcome the contribution freedom campers make to local economies,” ...More >>

Bills On Tax Creep And Sound Law-making Deserve Public Debate - Feds

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 08:58:47 +1200 | Federated Farmers

A government committed to fairness and responsible law-making should not allow two bills recently drawn from the Member’s Ballot to sink without debate, Federated Farmers says. "At the very least the Regulatory Standards Bill and the Income ...More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Applauds Drawn Member’s Bill To End Bracket Creep

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 18:16:24 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government must support Simon Bridges’s private member’s bill to end bracket creep drawn from the ballot today , says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “From a taxpayer perspective, this is one of the ...More >>

Government’s Housing Tax Policy A Lose/Lose

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 18:02:16 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

The consequences of the interest deductibility tax announced as part of the Government’s housing policies are already being felt by landlords and renters alike, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says. “Often changes to taxes can be perceived to ...More >>

Rolling Tax Relief For Kiwis Under New Legislation

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 12:54:37 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

National is committed to letting Kiwis keep more of what they earn and has proposed new legislation that will end tax hikes by stealth, Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says. Mr Bridges’ Income Tax (Adjustment of Taxable Income Ranges) Amendment Bill, drawn ...More >>

Te Huia Train Service: $560 Taxpayer Subsidy For Every Passenger

Tue, 6 Apr 2021 12:57:18 +1200 | Taxpayers' Union

Low interest in the opening run of the Te Huia train service is an omen of a ridiculously large taxpayer subsidy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Waikato Regional Council Chair has said he wants to ...More >>

New Tax Rate Rounds Out Month Of Divisive, Punitive Ardern Government

Thu, 1 Apr 2021 09:46:45 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s introduction of a 39 per cent top tax rate is futile, punitive political theatre that rounds out a month of increasingly divisive governance,” says ACT Leader David Seymour “We want to trust our Government. It should be making ...More >>

Aucklanders Deserve A Fuel Tax Refund

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 15:56:45 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

Labour has once again announced a future announcement, this time for light rail, after wasting almost four years on the project, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse. “Transport Minister Michael Wood today says the Government is ...More >>

On Labour’s Less Than Radical Housing Package

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 10:27:15 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Houses are now like Bitcoin with a street address, a speculative currency priced beyond the reach of ordinary humans. The public is not impressed. Don’t tell Judith Collins, but the polls indicate that more Kiwis would support a meaningful capital ...More >>

Dunne Speaks: PM Gets Her Capital Gains Tax After All

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 08:43:19 +1300 | Peter Dunne

George Orwell once observed that “political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness…”. The current argument ...More >>

Only A Vote For ACT Will Clear Tax Minefield

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 11:08:06 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

“A vote for ACT is a vote to eradicate the bright-line test,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “I have launched a petition today seeking support to repeal the bright-line test and reintroduce mortgage interest deductibility on residential property ...More >>

KCDC Plan For Increased Spending And Higher Rates

Sun, 21 Mar 2021 14:30:35 +1300 | Guy Burns

‘It’s official, a draft KCDC Long Term Plan has been released and Council is considering raising rates to a whopping 7.8 percent—next year 8.3 and 8.6 percent two years later.’ states Guy Burns Deputy Chair of the Paraparaumu Raumati CommunityMore >>

Stand By For More Dumb, Ineffectual Taxes

Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:10:31 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

“No amount of sensible advice to the contrary will stand in the way of Labour’s dogma that there isn’t a problem you can’t tax your way out of,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “It’s clear that a big part of Labour’s upcoming series of silver ...More >>

A Green Tax On Long-haul Flights Favours Rich Tourists. NZ Needs A Fairer Strategy

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:14:41 +1300 | The Conversation

Michael Lueck , Auckland University of Technology International tourism has clearly been hit hard by COVID-19. But despite the desperation of the travel and airline industries, people are already questioning whether it should ever return to pre-pandemic ...More >>


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