Labour’s taxes – should they be fiscally neutral?

Labour say the National Party are using scare tactics regarding whether Labour will tax New Zealanders more.

But despite being asked a number of times, Jacinda Ardern has so far refused to put the matter to bed and commit to reducing other taxes to compensate households for the new taxes Labour still want to introduce.  

When Bill English put up GST in 2010, he reduced income taxes so no one was worse off.

The Taxpayers’ Union have been saying that with healthy surpluses, Labour don’t need to tax more, and have launched an online petition calling on Labour to commit to making any new taxes fiscally neutral.  So far, it’s attracted 4,000 signatures in 24 hours.

You can sign the petition online here.

Labour are dancing on the head of a pin accusing National of scare tactics, but the simple fact remains, by passing legislation to cancel National’s tax cuts, voters know that Labour is committed to keeping personal income tax rates higher than National. That is a tax increase if you vote Labour as opposed to a tax cut if you vote for a National led government.


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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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