Robertson should return surplus to taxpayers

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


A surplus of more than $5.2 billion in the eleven months to May shows the Government is overtaxing hardworking New Zealanders, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Grant Robertson boasts about being fiscally responsible by ‘running sustainable surpluses’. ACT takes a different view.


“A government surplus is a taxpayer deficit. It means the Government is overtaxing New Zealanders – taking more than it delivers in return.


“Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson will tell

Councils lining up for regional fuel taxes

BY ACT at 25 June, 2018


Councils are licking their lips at the prospect of being able to implement regional fuel taxes of their own, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


Phil Twyford’s regional fuel tax legislation is still making its way through Parliament, but information obtained under LGOIMA show that at least 14 councils have discussed the idea of implementing a regional fuel tax.


“These are the classic unintended consequences of government action. Phil Twyford has set

Tourist tax will cut visitors, revenue, growth

BY ACT at 15 June, 2018


The Government’s proposed tourist tax of up to $35 will see visitor numbers, revenue and economic growth fall, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


“A new tax, while boosting the Government’s coffers, will discourage international visitors from travelling and spending money in New Zealand.


“That will hurt businesses and see fewer jobs created by tourism operators.


Research conducted in 2015 by NZIER on National’s $26 border clearance tax projected that it

Does Simon Bridges believe in anything?

BY ACT at 11 June, 2018


Another flip-flop from National on tax shows it can’t be trusted to stick up for Kiwi taxpayers, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“This morning on the AM Show, Bridges said that the regional fuel tax would be gone ‘in short order’ if a National Government was elected.


“But just a few weeks ago he said it might be too difficult to roll back the Twyford Tax.


“This is the second backflip

Auckland’s poor hit hardest by new tax

BY ACT at 5 June, 2018


The poorest Aucklanders will be hurt the most by Phil Twyford’s new fuel tax, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Auckland Council today voted in favour of a regional fuel tax.


“The Finance Minister doled out $40 a week to many families with children in his ‘Families Package’.


“Now the Transport Minister will take back the equivalent of four weeks’ worth of payments with a new tax that will cost the average household $160 a year”,