So it’s been established that Andrew Little, leader of the Labour Party doesn’t like people who evade paying tax. So why does he employ one as his Chief of Staff?
That’s a pretty fair question, don’t you think? It’s probably one that David Cunliffe should have considered before he hired Matt McCarten in 2014 and set up the infamous War Room. And it’s certainly something Andrew Little should have considered before he went full retard on John Key over the last two weeks, and before he made a factually incorrect attack on John Shewan.
Matt McCarten and Unite Union’s tax issues first became a public issue in 2010. Rebecca Steven reported this in Stuff on 2 December 2010:
One of New Zealand’s largest unions, Unite, owes IRD over $130,000 including over $36,000 in tax meant to be paid on behalf of its employees.
The union’s accounts, which can be publicly viewed through a Government website, shows Unite’s liabilities exceeded its assets by over $170,000 for the year ended March 2009.
A further $57,630 is owed to the Government tax collector for GST.
Unite head Matt McCarten admitted to BusinessDay this afternoon that the union owed money to IRD and said the union was “keen” to pay.
He said it was “not that much in the great scheme of things”.
PAYE stands for pay-as-you-earn. This money is collected from employees by employers and then paid to the IRD.
Right-wing blogger David Farrar said on his Kiwiblog this was a very bad look for a trade union as it meant Unite had been collecting the tax but not paying it.
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