Goff, Gunson, GST and grub – a challenge is laid down (and Labour is likely to leave it there)

March 11, 2010

A great challenge has been thrown down to the Labour Party, as the lefties chug around the country to pose and posture on tax matters without much reference to the trade-offs that would give us a better tax system by raising some taxes while lowering others.

Hoping for headlines to remind people of their existence, the Labourites are touring the country in the “Axe the Tax” bus opposing plans to lift GST from 12.5% to 15%.

But here’s the challenge –

Vaughan Gunson, spokesperson for RAM-Residents Action Movement, says: “If the Labour Party really wants to “Axe the Tax”, then they should support the campaign to remove GST from food.”

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A heartening poll on GST and the tax cuts – what a pity it mirrors the views only of Aucklanders

February 13, 2010

Good news for The Boss and the rest of us in the National caucus today. Or rather, it’s good news up to a point, when you accept that Auckland is not the best place to try to gauge what the country thinks.

Herald readers have given the thumbs-up to the proposals announced this week to raise the goods and services tax and cut income taxes.

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Great stuff for dim-wits – the so-called news from Parliament is that tax is on the Government agenda

January 19, 2010

Alf was jolted awake this morning by the babblings of a Radio New Zealand news reader.

This news reader earnesstly told the country:

Tax is back on the Government’s agenda for the start of 2010, with a tax working group due to issue its final report on Wednesday.

Back on the Government’s agenda?

When was it taken off the bloody agenda?

The issue was big deal when the government set up the working party in March last year and – Alf is assured when he raises the matter at caucus meetings – it remains big deal.

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The delicious justice of a $645m repayment

July 17, 2009

If it weren’t for we taxpayers – and for the governments that pumped our hard-earned money into it when collapse was threatened – there would be no Bank of New Zealand.

The BNZ was bailed out to avoid failure in 1894 ( a bit before Alf’s time) and again in 1990 when the newly elected Bolger Government bailed it out to the tune of $600 million.

Alf gave his approval to the Bolger rescue, which we Nats deemed necessary to avert a collapse with huge potential implications for the broader financial sector.

There’s something deliciously appropriate, therefore, in the size of the penalty imposed on the Bank for tax dodging (believed to be New Zealand’s biggest tax avoidance case, according to the Herald) .
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A taxing question about living standards

March 31, 2009

Dunno why tax expert Jo Doolan should have wanted to contrast Ponsonby with Eketahuna. Or Eketahuna with Ponsonby.

It’s a bit like trying to decide if pears are better than apples, or crayfish superior to champagne.

But perhaps that was her point.
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An ill-considered expression of gratitude

March 17, 2009

Alf extends his thanks to Whale Oil for alerting him to some provocative stuff (at least it will be here in Eketahuna) from North Shore mayor Andrew Williams.

Whale Oil finds the Mayor a rich source of fodder for his blog, and thus keeps an eye on mayoral statements, such as that reported by TVNZ.
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Much too taxing for a rural MP

March 13, 2009

As the masthead on this blog shows, there are more than a few small businesses in the humming township of Eketahuna. These should benefit from something Revenue Minister Peter Dunne highlighted yesterday.

He welcomed

… Inland Revenue’s update of tax regulation Determination E11 as a further measure to reduce compliance costs on businesses.

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