Tax take again larger than predicted

Excluding investment gains and losses, the operating surplus stood at $4.49 billion for the 11 months to May, compared with the $2.9bn surplus that had been forecast.

The growing economy boosted tax revenue, which came in $1.1bn above expectations at $69.5bn.

A higher corporate tax take due to rising profits made up two thirds of the improvement, with a stronger GST take making up most of the rest.

Expenses came in below expectations, at $69.3bn.

The Treasury is forecasting a $1.6bn surplus in the June 2017 year.

“While these surpluses are significant, they will be needed to meet the cost of the significant investments we have committed to as part of the next four Budgets including the government’s $32.5bn infrastructure programme,” Finance Minister Steven Joyce said.

If investment gains and losses are included, the operating surplus stood at $13.1bn.

Net debt totalled $59.3bn, or 22.4 percent of the value of the economy.

An extra $2 bn in Steve Joyce’s pocket that hasn’t already been allocated and only months out from an election.   Expect there to be a sudden bribe if the opposition manage to get some purchase, otherwise, the pressure for meaningful tax cuts will be on.



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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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