Matt McCarten – Tax Cheat

I can do more than repeat what No Right Turn says:

If you’re a left-wing union organiser, who opposes corporate tax cuts and favours higher taxes on the rich, you’d be consistent and pay your fair share, right? Wrong:

Inland Revenue is chasing unionist Matt McCarten’s Unite Support Services Ltd. for $150,750 in unpaid taxes after the department forced the company into liquidation last month.McCarten’s vehicle, which supplied administrative support services to the youth-orientated union Unite Inc., was put into liquidation by a High Court order last month after the tax department pursued it for “failure to provide for taxation,” according to the first liquidator’s report.

“Failure to provide for taxation” is a polite way of saying “couldn’t be arsed paying”. Which makes McCarten a hypocrite on a grand scale. As Commissioner of Inland Revenue Robert Russell so eloquently said this morning,

[p]eople who are non-compliant are basically stealing from their neighbours.

McCarten should stop doing that, and start paying his fair share. Otherwise, he’s no different to the rich pricks he rails against.

Clearly Matt McCarten thinks taxes are for “Other People” to pay.

Keeping Stock has some very good questions that Matt McCarten needs to answer.


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  • johnqpublic

    And it was I understand, PAYE & KS contributions as well as GST. So stealing from his own employees, as well as other taxpayers/neighbours generally.

  • thor42

    Shocking and abysmal. Hypocrisy with an “H” about a kilometre high.
    I’m only sorry that this hasn’t yet happened to Michael “rich prick” Cullen.
    He of the smug smirk, arrogant countenance and “we won, you lost, eat that” quote.

  • And note the timeframe (in my post); Oct 2007 to Mar 2009. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that McCarten was amassing a war-chest for the 2008 election campaign. So who might have benefitted?

    The bottom line; McCarten put political campaigning ahead of his legal obligations as a “good employer”. Bad form from one who slats off scumbags employers on a near daily basis, and absolute hypocrisy.

  • gazzaw

    I can’t believe that Holmes still allows McCarten to appear on Q+A as a panelist. I trust that TV One deducts tax on his fee at source. Surely Holmes has socialist mates who could appear who aren’t shysters or is that a bit if an oxymoron?

  • peterwn

    In such cases IRD starts gunning human beings. Agreed they cannot screw the money out of Matt personally, but they can prosecute directors / officers of his company for peing party to not paying PAYE. What surprises me is why IRD does not screw over outfits who do not pay PAYE or GST much quicker. If I was Commissioner, I would expect the employer to pay over PAYE at the same time as staff are paid, and i would get my people to start leaping up and down the next day if it is not paid.

    • ltchop

      good point – so many small businesses fail to understand that the costs of wages is not the week by week payment, but the PAYE and other components – all gets sucked into day to day cashflow and when the 20th comes around …….. be good if they could remit all on a pay by pay basis…