This tax is not popular, even more unpopular than tax in general

The bat shit crazy FBT tax amendments put forward by Peter Dunne are uniting all sorts of people. Who would have thought that big business and unions would unite?

And now the only people more rapacious in billing than lawyers, ad agencies, are uniting to work for free to oppose the tax.

A group of 100 advertising and media agencies is preparing to get its creative juices flowing as it joins the fight against a controversial new tax on car parks.

The Government plans to extend a fringe benefit tax (FBT) of almost 50 per cent to employer-provided parking in the Auckland and Wellington central business districts from April next year.  

An unusual alliance of unionists and business groups has banded together as the FBT Action Group to fight the proposal, which they say is petty and discriminatory.

Founding members of the lobby group include the Property Council, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern), and Tournament Parking, with strong support from Unite Union.

Now the Communications Agencies Association of New Zealand (CAANZ) has thrown the weight of the roughly 100 agencies it represents behind the campaign.

Many of the creative agencies represented by CAANZ have central-city offices, close to their major clients.

CAANZ boss Paul Head said his members would enjoy applying their creative talents in opposing what seemed to be a “petty and quite selective tax”.

I would imagine that some time soon Peter Dunne is going to be standing on the naughty spot explaining to John Key why he is making a dick of him with this silly tax.

The government must surely be preparing to either dismount swiftly from this particular dead horse that Peter Dunne is flogging hard or possibly shoot the horse out from under him.

I wonder then what David Farrar will say after his Bill English-esque defence of the tax yesterday.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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