What to say to overtaxed New Zealand taxpayers

Scoop is carrying an opinion piece about a quote from US House Speaker Dennis Hastert where he is explaining the logic and fairness of tax cuts.

The author, Buzzflash.com is calling it "what not to say to a taxpayer" – well here at Whaleoil, we are calling it "exactly what to say to overtaxed New Zealand taxpayers": 

[quote]"well, folks, if you earn $40,000 a year and have a family of two, you don't pay any taxes. So you probably if you don't pay any taxes, you are not going to get a big tax cut. Now, if you earn $1 million a year, you are going to pay about $400,000 of taxes. Maybe you'll get a $40,000 tax cut …"[/quote]

And that is precisely the case here where effectively people with families are receiving more in state benefits (Working for Other Peoples Families) than they pay in tax. 

Further it begs the question how much tax is too much to take from one person?


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