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”,


How would a Bridges-led Govt be different?

BY ACT at 16 May, 2018


 

“Simon Bridges has failed to make clear how a Government he leads would be different to the current occupants of the Beehive”, ACT Leader David Seymour says.

 

“His weak response to the Government’s likely Budget while talking to Stuff this morning shows why the centre-right needs a strong ACT.

 

“Bridges wouldn’t commit to cancelling the $3 billion fees-free scheme that will deliver free degrees for tomorrow’s elite.

 

“The Leader of the Opposition couldn’t guarantee


‘Tax and spend’ has been an unmitigated failure

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

Today is ‘Tax Freedom Day’. The year is already 35 percent complete and New Zealanders have only just paid their collective tax bill.

 

“The narrative leading up to Budget 2018 has been that we need to raise more money in taxes in order fund our public services – the narrative is wrong”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The Government could choose to cut billions in wasteful spending before it decides to hit